Digital Diaspora: A Race for Cyberspace by Anna Everett

By Anna Everett

Strains the increase of black participation in our on-line world.

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20 This study reveals that in fact as early as 1991, some technosavvy black people throughout the African diaspora had mounted their own scramble for a secure share of the Internet spoils in the intensifying global grab for Internet dominance. As one of history’s most profound and far-reaching cycles of corporate expansion and domination since the Industrial Age’s robber barons and corporate trusts,21 today’s megamedia mergers threaten to obliterate any remaining optimism about preserving the last vestiges of a viable and unsponsored public sphere.

7 Given this set of reportorial imperatives, how could the public’s situated knowledge based on decontextualized overcoverage of the economically destitute urban centers, and its undercoverage of white flight and its concommitant redistribution of wealth to support suburban sprawl yield anything but racial polarization and social conflagration. Even though the law officially struck down most “separate but equal” statutes underpinning America’s apartheidlike segregation of our public spaces, one tactic of resistance or noncompliance with the nation’s new racial order was and continues to be massive white flight from racially integrated cites and schools.

Many of the issues and circumstances that affect African Americans are not determined or influenced by black agents or black participation no matter how organized and valiant efforts are to the contrary. Nonetheless, their impact on black lives is no less significant or deterministic as far as the fate of this community is concerned. S. ) The assumption that 22 DIGITAL DIASPORA African Americans should only care about so-called black issues has its corollary in the racist presumption that nonblack people would or should not be interested in “black” issues.

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