Mills, K. A & Godley, A. (2017). Race and racism in digital media: What can critical race theory contribute to research on techno-cultures? [accepted manuscript]. K. A. Mills, A. Stornaiuolo, A. Smith, and J. Zaher. Handbook of writing, literacies, and education in digital cultures New York: Routledge.
The world has become a place of ubiquitous human engagement in digital media using an expanding array of mobile devices and other technologies. With the rapid production and circulation of digital texts new questions must be asked about the social construction of racialized identities, discourses, and interactions. While some theorists have pointed to the potential of the Internet to usher in a digital “global village” (Negroponte, 1995)—a place where visual indicators of race are concealedothers counter that race is also constructed discursively online and in the media (Glaser, Dixit, & Green, 2002; Tynes, Reynolds, & Greenﬁeld, 2004). A central concern is the extent to which networked digital media have become a platform for transforming social action, maintaining the status quo, or reproducing racism and colonization.
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