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Race After the Internet, edited by Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White. Published by Routledge, October 2011.
Reviewed by: Adeline Koh, Assistant Professor of Literature at Richard Stockton College.
Part I - The History Of Race And Information: Code, Policies, Identities
Chapter 1: Tara McPherson, "U.S. Operating Systems At Mid-century: The Intertwining Of Race And Unix."
Chapter 3: Rayvon Fouché, "From Black Inventors To One Laptop Per Child: Exporting A Racial Politics Of Technology."
Reviewed by: Tess Habbestad, Ph.D. student in English at Texas A&M University.
Part II Race, Identity, and Digital Sorting
Chapter 6: Oscar Gandy, Jr.: "Matrix Multiplication and the Digital Divide."
Chapter 7: Anna Everett: "Have We Become Postracial Yet? Race and Media Technology in the Age of President Obama."
Chapter 8: Christian Sandvig: "Connection at Ewiiaapaayp Mountain: Indigenous Internet Infrastructure."
Part III - Digital Segregations
Chapter 9: danah boyd,"White Flight In Networked Publics: How Race And Class Shaped American Teen Engagement With Myspace And Facebook."
Chapter 10: Eszter Hargittai, "Open Doors, Closed Spaces? Differentiated Adoption Of Social Network Sites By User Background."
Chapter 11: Ernest J. Wilson and Sasha Costanza-Chock, "New Voices On The Net? The Digital Journalism Divide And The Costs Of Network Exclusion."
Part IV Biotechnology And Race As Information
Chapter 12: Alondra Nelson And Jeong Won Hwang, "Roots And Revelation: Genetic Ancestry Testing And The Youtube Generation."
Chapter 13: Peter A. Chow-White, "Genomic Databases And An Emerging Digital Divide In Biotechnology."
Review by: Regina Yung Lee, Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature, University of California - Riverside.
In Race After the Internet, Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White bring together a collection of interdisciplinary, forward-looking essays exploring the complex role that digital media technologies play in shaping our ideas about race. Contributors interrogate changing ideas of race within the context of an increasingly digitally mediatized cultural and informational landscape. Using social scientific, rhetorical, textual, and ethnographic approaches, these essays show how new and old styles of race as code, interaction, and image are played out within digital networks of power and privilege.