No, You Still Can’t Come to the Cookout: Blurred Lines of Race Humor in Digital Media

PDF Version Also Available for Download.

Description

Presentation for the 2017 Digital Frontiers Conference. This presentation examines the circulation of racist humor within the Internet, one that continues offline patterns of racist expressions.

Physical Description

7 p.

Creation Information

Nelson, Brianni September 22, 2017.

Context

This presentation is part of the collection entitled: Digital Frontiers and was provided by UNT Libraries to Digital Library, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 188 times , with 10 in the last month . More information about this presentation can be viewed below.

Who

People and organizations associated with either the creation of this presentation or its content.

Author

Provided By

UNT Libraries

The UNT Libraries serve the university and community by providing access to physical and online collections, fostering information literacy, supporting academic research, and much, much more.

Contact Us

What

Descriptive information to help identify this presentation. Follow the links below to find similar items on the Digital Library.

Description

Presentation for the 2017 Digital Frontiers Conference. This presentation examines the circulation of racist humor within the Internet, one that continues offline patterns of racist expressions.

Physical Description

7 p.

Notes

Abstract: In the 1990s, cultural critics proclaimed that the Internet would be a great equalizer; espousing the utopian possibilities of the Internet. But, this virtual sphere of a post-racial utopia did not come to fruition. This talk examines the circulation of racist humor within this Internet, one that continues offline patterns of racist expressions. Access to emerging media alters the ways in which people interact with one another by drastically reducing the complexity associated with engaging with other people and resources in physical space, thereby similarly transforming communication around racial issues. It is significant that these transformations extend beyond the presumed serious side of racial issues, but also into entertainment, particularly humor and joke telling. This talk investigates what happens at the intersection of race talk, comedy entertainment, and digital media – specifically in the rising popularity of humorous image and video memes on social networking sites at the same time as the rising popularity of discussing race through a “colorblind” philosophy. Passively or aggressively, we work, play, debate and laugh on the Internet – as individuals or as parts of communities. While the space has enabled connections between disparate groups, it has also facilitated false beliefs that we are in tune with cultural nuances. Creators and consumers receive free passes to laugh at racist content, while riding a subjective line of appreciation versus appropriation. What happens when we think we’re in on a joke, but don’t have actual cultural context of the groups at the center of the jokes?

Subjects

Source

  • 2017 Digital Frontiers Conference, September 21-23, 2017. Denton, Texas.

Language

Item Type

Collections

This presentation is part of the following collection of related materials.

Digital Frontiers

Serving as virtual proceedings for the Digital Frontiers Conference, this collection contains abstracts, presentations, video, workshops, student responses, supporting materials, flyers, and other items from the conference and related activities.

What responsibilities do I have when using this presentation?

When

Dates and time periods associated with this presentation.

Creation Date

  • September 22, 2017

Added to The UNT Digital Library

  • Oct. 6, 2017, 9:34 a.m.

Usage Statistics

When was this presentation last used?

Yesterday: 0
Past 30 days: 10
Total Uses: 188

Interact With This Presentation

Here are some suggestions for what to do next.

Start Viewing

PDF Version Also Available for Download.

International Image Interoperability Framework

IIF Logo

We support the IIIF Presentation API

Nelson, Brianni. No, You Still Can’t Come to the Cookout: Blurred Lines of Race Humor in Digital Media, presentation, September 22, 2017; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1010772/: accessed March 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .