course description
Davey D discussed cyberorganizing with students of the SPR 08 Black Online course
Davey D discussed cyberorganizing with students of the SPR 08 Black Online course.
Black Online: Cyberspace, Community, Culture surveys social theories, research methods as well as activist strategies that focus and depend on black community presences on the Internet. Through readings, discussion and “hands on” experience, students will explore the various ways that the Internet impacts black communities with both virtual and visceral effects.
Consider your teacher as a cyberguide to the Black Online course. Together you will travel through cyberspace and learn about race and representation there. You will explore current issues in cyberculture and how they relate to age-old trends concerning injustice and inequality. You will also explore how online networking activity is used to combat and provide solutions to these problems. Your teacher will guide you through relevant social theory and research methods that should help you to understand the complexities
of communities in cyberspace. This course is a journey: it will entail some difficult readings and challenging topics, but it should also be fun. It should contribute to your overall success as a researcher and soon to be college graduate. That is, the goal is to learn a lot about life and technology as well as helpful tools for completing a successful research agenda in your individual course of study here at San Francisco State University.
The aims of this course, personal as well as professional growth and well-being, reflect some of the founding philosophies of Africana Studies in that the discipline was established with social justice and community well-being as central to learning objectives. Understanding how race, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic class identities are unequally represented on the Internet and other digital media marks an important aspect of future studies and activist strategies that work for justice and peace. Documenting how those who are underrepresented in digital media are utilizing that very media to organize and transgress structures that seek to alienate is also an important next step concerning Africana Studies agendas.
You are taking this course at a key point in history. We are reflecting on the 40th Anniversary of the student strike that led to the founding of the FIRST Department of Black Studies. We are also counting down to a presidential election, where online presences and digital media are increasingly used to sway voters and encourage participation. Youth digital media use on social networking sites and all of the surrounding issues, ranging from safety to sexualization are common topics of news reports. Your perspective and participation in this unique learning experience might make its own history as well.