Chapter Twenty: Bridging the Digital Divide: The Case of Black Twitter as a 21st-Century Platform for Cultural Expression
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Bridging the Digital Divide: The Case of Black Twitter as a 21st-Century Platform for Cultural Expression
GEORGE L. DANIELS, THEADORIS MORRIS, AND ELLISA BRAY
When the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media published the article “Twitter as Cultural Conversation” (Brock, 2012), it was the first time the phenomenon of Black Twitter was given attention in scholarly literature. Since then, another scholar has examined the microblogging service in an analysis of the Black American cultural tradition of “signifyin” to perform racial identity online (Florini, 2013). Both of these scholarly treatments, though, predate what some might call the coming of age of Black Twitter with a series of controversies that put the phenomenon on the national radar in 2013.
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