Black Users, Enclaving, and Methodological Challenges in a Shifting Digital Landscape
featuring Sarah Florini, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Department of English Arizona State University
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
Harvard Law School campus
Wasserstein Hall, Room 1010 (HLS campus map)
RSVP required to attend in person
Event will be live webcast at 12:00 pm
Black users have consistently been at the vanguard of digital and social media use, pioneering and anticipating digital trends including live tweeting and the podcast boom. As harassment on social media platforms becomes increasingly aggressive, and increasingly automated, users must develop strategies for navigating this hostility. Having long endured coordinated campaigns of harassment, Black users are again at the forefront of a shift in digital practices – the creation of digital enclaves. With new patterns of use, digital media researchers are faced with new, and a few old, methodological and ethical questions.
Sarah Florini is an Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of English at Arizona State University. She earned a PhD in Communication and Culture from Indiana University. Her research focuses on the intersection of emerging media, Black American cultural production, and racial politics in the post-Civil Rights Movement landscape.
Aaron Edwards, “Long Live the Group Chat.” The Outline. September 27, 2017