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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(1), 26;

Black Twitter: A Response to Bias in Mainstream Media

Department of Sociology, State University of New York at Oswego, 313 Mahar Hall, 7060 Route 104, Oswego, NY 13126, USA
Academic Editors: Jenny L. Davis and David A. Banks
Received: 1 October 2016 / Revised: 23 February 2017 / Accepted: 2 March 2017 / Published: 5 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Media, Internet and Society)
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This paper seeks to shed light on the ways people of color, in the United States, are using social media to challenge racial bias. As part of this investigation, this paper draws on Critical Race Theory, Feminist Theory, and Digital New Media studies to examine the extent to which social media, while seen as a place for ‘play’ can also operate as a digital homespace, a space used as a tool for black women and men to (re)construct their bodies and identities, challenging the “controlling images” widespread in mainstream media and society at large. This paper employs the methods of content analysis and participant observation and find that these social media forums are not transformative by themselves but instead have little moments that make for resistance and a digital homespace. View Full-Text
Keywords: battleground; black Twitter; digital homespace; playground; textual poaching battleground; black Twitter; digital homespace; playground; textual poaching
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