Social Activism in the ‘Blackosphere’: The Jena 6 Case

Social Activism in the ‘Blackosphere’: The Jena 6 Case

Lynette Kvasny (Pennsylvania State University, USA), Fay Cobb Payton (North Carolina State University, USA) and Kayla D. Hales (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-100-3.ch710

Abstract

Using Denning’s model of Internet activism as a sensitizing framework, this chapter describes the manner in which Black bloggers (referred to as the ‘Blackosphere’) express and negotiate their ethnic identity online. We analyze discussions in the Blackosphere in response to the Jena 6 case to illustrate how the Internet has empowered Black people, changed media publicity, and served as a means of collaborative activities that support social activism. It is our hope that this chapter will encourage researchers to explore further how and why historically underserved groups engage in social activism on the Internet, and the various technologies and social practices they use to do so.

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