Wednesday, January 16, 2008
LEARNING RACE AND ETHNICITY
This week's mail brings a new volume in an ambitious study sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, a series of volumes examining issues in new media and education, published by MIT Press.
The volume seen here takes as its focus Race, Ethnicity and Youth, and is edited by Anna Everett, well known to long time readers of this blog, and indeed to me.
Here's the volume description from the press and a link to its Amazon listing:
It may have been true once that (as the famous cartoon of the 1990s put it) "Nobody knows you're a dog on the Internet," and that (as an MCI commercial of that era declared) on the Internet there is no race, gender, or infirmity, but today, with the development of web cams, digital photography, cell phone cameras, streaming video, and social networking sites, this notion seems quaintly idealistic. This volume takes up issues of race and ethnicity in the new digital media landscape. The contributors address this topic--still difficult to engage honestly, clearly, empathetically, and with informed understanding in twenty-first century America--with the goal of pushing consideration of a vexing but important subject from margin to center.
Learning Race and Ethnicity explores the intersection of race and ethnicity with post 9/11 politics, online hate-speech practices, and digital youth and media cultures. It examines universal access and the racial and ethnic digital divide from the perspective of digital media learning and youth. The chapters treat such subjects as racial identity in the computer-mediated public sphere, minority technology innovators, new methods of music distribution, digital artist Judy Baca's work with youth, Native American digital media literacy, and minority youth technology access and the pervasiveness of online health information.
Ambar Basu, Graham D. Bodie, Dara N. Byrne, Jessie Daniels, Mohan J. Dutta, Raiford Guins, Guisela Latorre, Antonio López, Chela Sandoval, Tyrone D. Taborn, Douglas Thomas.
About the Author
Anna Everett is Professor of Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
LEARNING RACE AND ETHNICITY: YOUTH AND DIGITAL MEDIA