ABSTRACT

In Race After the Internet, Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White bring together a collection of interdisciplinary, forward-looking essays exploring the complex role that digital media technologies play in shaping our ideas about race. Contributors interrogate changing ideas of race within the context of an increasingly digitally mediatized cultural and informational landscape. Using social scientific, rhetorical, textual, and ethnographic approaches, these essays show how new and old styles of race as code, interaction, and image are played out within digital networks of power and privilege.

Race After the Internet includes essays on the shifting terrain of racial identity and its connections to social media technologies like Facebook and MySpace, popular online games like World of Warcraft, YouTube and viral video, WiFi infrastructure, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program, genetic ancestry testing, and DNA databases in health and law enforcement. Contributors also investigate the ways in which racial profiling and a culture of racialized surveillance arise from the confluence of digital data and rapid developments in biotechnology. This collection aims to broaden the definition of the "digital divide" in order to convey a more nuanced understanding of access, usage, meaning, participation, and production of digital media technology in light of racial inequality.

Contributors: danah boyd, Peter Chow-White, Wendy Chun, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Troy Duster, Anna Everett, Rayvon Fouché, Alexander Galloway, Oscar Gandy, Eszter Hargittai, Jeong Won Hwang, Curtis Marez, Tara McPherson, Alondra Nelson, Christian Sandvig, Ernest Wilson

chapter |18 pages

Introduction—Race and Digital Technology

Code, the Color Line, and the Information Society
ByLisa Nakamura, Peter A. Chow-White

part |90 pages

The History of Race and Information

chapter |17 pages

U.S. Operating Systems at Mid-Century

The Intertwining of Race and UNIX
ByTara McPherson

chapter |23 pages

Race and/as Technology or How to Do Things to Race

ByWendy Hui Kyong Chun

chapter |23 pages

From Black Inventors to One Laptop Per Child

Exporting a Racial Politics of Technology
ByRayvon Fouché

part |92 pages

Race, Identity, and Digital Sorting

chapter |17 pages

Does the Whatever Speak?

ByAlexander R. Galloway

chapter |18 pages

Matrix Multiplication and the Digital Divide

ByOscar H. Gandy

chapter |22 pages

“Have We Become Postracial Yet?”

Race and Media Technologies in the Age of President Obama
ByAnna Everett

chapter |33 pages

Connection at Ewiiaapaayp Mountain

Indigenous Internet Infrastructure
ByChristian Sandvig

part |68 pages

Digital Segregations

chapter |20 pages

White Flight in Networked Publics?

How Race and Class Shaped American Teen Engagement with MySpace and Facebook
ByDanah Boyd

chapter |23 pages

Open Doors, Closed Spaces?

Differentiated Adoption of Social Network Sites by User Background
ByEszter Hargittai

chapter |23 pages

New Voices on the Net? *

The Digital Journalism Divide and the Costs of Network Exclusion
ByErnest J. Wilson, Sasha Costanza-Chock

part |59 pages

Biotechnology and Race as Information

chapter |20 pages

Roots and Revelation

Genetic Ancestry Testing and the YouTube Generation
ByAlondra Nelson, Jeong Won Hwang

chapter |18 pages

The Combustible Intersection

Genomics, Forensics, and Race
ByTroy Duster