Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Cyber Lynching and Race in Digital Environments
Greetings, Class Community.
In a previous lecture about cyber racism and electronic lynching, University of Kentucky's archivist Stacie Williams gave many insights.
She opened with illustrating the differences in these magazine covers that use the exact same photo of O.J. Simpson. She discussed how one cover capitalizes on the stereotypes that portray African Americans as savage and intimidating. She also discussed how these stereotypes and the propaganda about 'racial purity' are historically linked to lynching.
Williams also defined: lynching, cyber lynching and information architecture. Williams discussed how theories associated with information architecture may explain why some web search results display negative stereotypes about African Americans.
The lecture concluded by discussing boolean searching and how to avoid being bombarded by websites and links that may not address your information needs and academic research.
Please take a moment to reintroduce our class community to the terms and definitions that Stacie Williams used in her lecture when answering the following question. How did this lecture affirm, change or challenge your understanding of lynching, African American Studies and the connection between information architecture and web surfing?