I was truly shocked and displeased with the article Manjoo wrote regarding African Americans using Twitter more and the bird being brown, showing some significance of it being black. It was absurd! I could not understand what difference did it make who utalized what and what color the bird was? Does everything have to turn into a "racial war"? In a world (internet world) where people don't even utalize their correct identity, can we really get caught up on WHO's tweeting, or uploading pictures on Instagram more? I could be whomever I wanted to be on the internet, who would ever know? I honestly felt Manjoo did this for controversy to bring publicity for himself. It then made me want to see was it just Manjoo, or had other people felt the same.
Despite the initial promise of the web, racial divisions are now common on social media websites, as people connect mainly with people like themselves.
Keerie Morgan's insight:
This article is little bit off track of the question, but I did want to add it because it does relate to the issue. The web is a tool that brings people together, all across the world. It is is a way to stay connected with your loved ones, or possibly initiate new relationships. People only really know what you choose, based on what you post. You are basically able to create a new identity to some degree. You can be the perfect "saint" or a horrible "sinner". The web allows you to promote your album for "free" (basically). Businesses are formed from the web. Couples even found love through the net. We have access to the entire world right at our fingertips. Now, i said all this to say, if the web is used for all these purposes, why are we still being segregated and categorized according to the color of our skin? In a world where we can explore pretty much anything, how does the issue of race still come up? Some thought the internet would break those racial boundaries, but it seems as though we still have them, which is sad. In this article they discuss how racial divisions are still common.
Unlike the other articles I've read, this suggests something different. It goes against all other research indicatinig African-Americans utalize social media more than whites or any other ethnicity (particularly Twitter and Instagram). Although they use it more, they use it more for perosnal reasons followed by business, self promotion, and doing social good. It goes further by adding online activities (such as online shopping) are used more so by Hispanics, as well.
It's well-known that African-Americans are among the top users of Twitter, however a recent survey released by the Pew Research Center's Internet & Ame
Keerie Morgan's insight:
This more so suggests WHY African-Americans use social media sites (Twitter and Instagram) more than whites (and any other ethnicity). It explains that Twitter and Instagram creates an equal opportunity for the Black Community to express themselves like any other culture (due to the history in which African-Americans were not equally afforded the opportunity before). In addition to the opportunity of an equal voice, this article suggests African-Americans are the leading consumers of smartphones and tablets.
I am African-American and I found this article very offensive to the Black Community. I am having a difficult time understanding how does people shopping at K-Mart and "people of color" tweeting correlate? In my opinion, K-Mart is at the bottom of the larger stores (such as Target and Walmart). So what is the author trying to say? The phrase "people of color" is offensive within itself. Do people really still use that? Was that not a phrase acceptable and highly used when there was blatant segregation against Blacks? Outside of it being offensive, the article discussed how Whites are leaving Facebook and Twitter, to join other social networks with less advertising (which they have to pay for). They are seeking a more private setting, something like a "gated community".
Social Media - Young adults are more likely than older adults to use major social media sites, and women, African-Americans, and Latinos are most likely to use Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, according to ...
Keerie Morgan's insight:
This article, like majority of the rest indicate African-Americans utalize Twitter and Instagram more than Whites and Hispanics (along with other usage data categorized by gender, age, rural or uban areas, etc.). A new social network, Pinterest (one that I have never heard of), was also used and says Whites utalize it more than Blacks and Hispanics. It then gives data on one of the most popular social networks, Facebook, but what I found odd is they did not include the ethnic breakdown like they did with the others. Why?
In the US, Hispanics spend more time on social networks and log into such sites more often than do black or US internet users overall.
Keerie Morgan's insight:
This is the second article I found suggesting Hispanics use social media more than any other ethnicity. This one goes more in depth as to what social media sites/applications are used. On an average day about 26% of Hispanics use social media at least six hours a day; only about 8% of African-Americans use that much. Linked In, which is a more 'business savy" social network, is occupied more by Hispanics. I compared it to one of the other articles I published, that suggests the Black Community uses more social media as an outlet for expression. If the African-Americans use it for that purpose, than would they have reason to utalize Linked In more? According to that article, "No"!
Over the last few years, I’ve watched as teens have given up on controlling access to content. It’s too hard, too frustrating, and technology simply can’t fix the power issues. Instead, what they’ve been doing is focusing on controlling access to meaning. A comment might look like it means one thing, when in fact it means something quite different. By cloaking their accessible content, teens reclaim power over those who they know who are surveilling them.
This article says that African-Americans use twitter more than Whites. Not only do they use twitter more, but they tend to update more false information, as well. African Americans also follow more celebrities, and have the habit of not using their real name, more often than whites. Does it really matter how much African-Americans (or any race for that matter) use twitter,or what ways they utalize it? Why must there be a comparison? Study and research is cool, but why must it be compared to another race?
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