Excellent video by Jessie Daniels (CUNY) on racism and “racial internet literacy.” Daniels argues the 1990s may have been a great decade for the internet but with cloaked sites, violently racist message boards, and a general lack of racial literacy in internet users today, there is no such thing as an internet “utopia.”
This video looks like it could be a great teaching tool. Short, pithy, hyper-visual, and full of provocative bullet points. Might be best in a Black Studies 101, a methods course, or a digital humanities course. I’d likely use it in an African-American history 101 and as a prelude to assigning a mid-term research project. The section of the video on googling Martin Luther King is crucial.
But how might you use it? Or, if you’re a student, when/how would you like to see it used?
And how do we build a “racial internet literacy” among ourselves, in our fields, and with our students today?