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Activism on the Web: Everyday Struggles Against Digital by Veronica Barassi

By Veronica Barassi

With quick adjustments in net applied sciences and the restructuring of the net political economic system, some of the priorities of our occasions is the research of ways within which humans negotiate, criticise and withstand internet advancements. This e-book attracts on comparative ethnographic learn among 3 very diversified political teams within the united kingdom, Italy and Spain, exploring how activists think, comprehend and event net applied sciences as instruments of political critique.

Combining key social theories (Critical Marxism, Actor-Network idea, fabric tradition idea etc.), with ethnographic observations, the e-book strongly criticises political monetary and techno-deterministic methods. It argues that during knowing how new applied sciences are affecting political participation and democratic tactics, we must always now not specialize in disruption and novelty, yet we must always in its place discover the advanced dialectics among transformation and continuity; among the technical and the social; among the political economic climate of the net and its lived critique.

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Results of this analysis addressed the following research questions: 1 What are the major themes found in four randomly selected top ten rap music videos? 2 What messages are evident in the videos from a group of randomly selected top ten rap music videos? 3 What, if any, are the major characterizations of Black women found in top ten rap music videos? Results Research Question 1: What are the major themes found in four randomly selected top ten rap music videos? Four key themes emerged through constant comparison and review of the data: 1 Money and Materialism, 2 Black Women as Gold-Diggers, 3 Black Female Hyper-sexuality, and 4 Hyper-Materialism.

While Baker is cited for embracing her sexuality, scholars fail to recognize that Baker operated within a marginalized existence that only afforded her the opportunity to live out the same stereotypes of Black womanhood that she sought to escape. While profitable, she too suffered from the damnation of Black womanhood and was exploited for the sexual freedom she sought to use to gain excess to a better life. Her work as innovative artist and civil rights activist is often overshadowed by the world’s obsession with her brief nudity and erotic style of entertaining.

Here hooks connects internalized racism and sexism to the self-sustained devaluation of Black women. The increasing popularity of rap music has led to its commercialization and commodification sold to primarily white audiences. These images are coupled with distinctively negative gender portrayals and stereotyped representations of beauty for Black women. Such representations are not separate from the rise of right wing politics of Whites in America. Chris Hedges in Empire of Illusion discusses the current breakdown of American culture into a culture of illusions.

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