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In the nineties, neoliberalism simultaneously provided the context for the Internet’s rapid uptake in the United States and discouraged public conversations about racial politics. At the same time many scholars lauded the widespread use of text-driven interfaces as a solution to the problem of racial intolerance. Today’s online world is witnessing text-driven interfaces such as e-mail and instant messaging giving way to far more visually intensive and commercially driven media forms that not only reveal but showcase people’s racial, ethnic, and gender identity.

 

Lisa Nakamura, a leading scholar in the examination of race in digital media, uses case studies of popular yet rarely examined uses of the Internet such as pregnancy Web sites, instant messaging, and online petitions and quizzes to look at the emergence of race-, ethnic-, and gender-identified visual cultures.

 

While popular media such as Hollywood cinema continue to depict nonwhite nonmales as passive audiences or consumers of digital media rather than as producers, Nakamura argues the contrary—with examples ranging from Jennifer Lopez music videos; films including the Matrix trilogy, Gattaca, and Minority Report; and online joke sites—that users of color and women use the Internet to vigorously articulate their own types of virtual community, avatar bodies, and racial politics.

 

Lisa Nakamura is associate professor of speech communication and Asian American studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet and coeditor, with Beth Kolko and Gilbert Rodman, of Race in Cyberspace.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction: Digital Racial Formations and Networked Images of the Body
  2. pp. 1-36
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  1. 1. “Ramadan Is Almoast Here!” The Visual Culture of AIM Buddies, Race, Gender, and Nation on the Internet
  2. pp. 37-69
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  1. 2. Alllooksame? Mediating Visual Cultures of Race on the Web
  2. pp. 70-94
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  1. 3. The Social Optics of Race and Networked Interfaces in The Matrix Trilogy and Minority Report
  2. pp. 95-130
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  1. 4. Avatars and the Visual Culture of Reproduction on the Web
  2. pp. 131-170
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  1. 5. Measuring Race on the Internet: Users, Identity, and Cultural Difference in the United States
  2. pp. 171-201
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  1. Epilogue: The Racio-Visual Logic of the Internet
  2. pp. 202-210
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-226
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 227-238
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  1. Publication History
  2. pp. 239-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-249
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816653775
Related ISBN
9780816646135
MARC Record
OCLC
214085023
Pages
250
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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