The iconic ghetto, color-blind racism and white masculinities: a content and discourse analysis of Black Twitter on

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Christopher Julien (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Steve Kroll-Smith

Abstract: In this research, I investigate Black Twitter on I identify the general contours of Black Twitter images on Imgur as well as the reception and response to this content by the individuals who use this website. I first categorize the images of Black Twitter in order to describe their main features. Second, I describe the various ways that the individuals on Imgur respond to Black Twitter through a thematic content analysis and critical discourse analysis of the written comments. I conclude that Black Twitter on Imgur reproduces the same racist stereotypes that have been present in decades of media coverage of African Americans in the United States. Furthermore, the responses of individuals on Imgur to Black Twitter evidence anti-Ebonics ideologies, SIDE theory for group identity and participation, and the ongoing development of competing white, masculine identities in a color-blind space.

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Language: English
Date: 2017
Black Twitter, Color-Blind Racism, Digital Sociology, Online Communities, The Iconic Ghetto, Whiteness Studies
African Americans in mass media
Online social networks
Online hate speech
Racism in mass media
Internet $x Social aspects

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