Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

When dealing with social media platforms as spaces of activism these sites can be innovative, powerful, and fast-moving at best, and at its worst chaotic and unfocused. The line between these two distinctions is actually slighter than one might realize. This understanding of cyber activism became clearer when faced with the question “What is contemporary ‘blacktivism’ according to Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/Instagram?”

Being a avid user of the popular blogging platform, Tumblr, and as such well-versed in the language and etiquette of the site, I sought my answer through my dashboard. Tumblr is composed of a endless scroll, comparable to Facebook’s newsfeed, that displays every user you ‘follow”s posts that can consist of either a link, photo, video, mp3, or text file that can be organized by ‘tags’. Like Twitter, there is a give and take between control: you cannot control what users post, but you can control who you follow. You ultimately build up the queue of information displayed on your dashboard.

This rule of thumb on Tumblr already an issue in itself, as it’s not only necessary to have an account to view such information, but it also requires stock knowledge of which users promote social activism the most. Already in this way, Tumblr blacktivism is exclusive in the broader sense of the term.  However because I am an established user of 5 years, this constraint only appeared in my thoughts after my study.

Taking into account the formatting and style of the website (and the advantage of 5 years of knowledge), I began my study of 30 minutes scrolling down my dashboard sure that out of my selected 500 some users one would surely post something under the activism tree. After about a minute of scrolling I saw a linked post that described the new case of Ebola in Liberia as an STD. The random post was one centered on awareness, not truly giving a solution to a possible rebirth of the Ebola crisis. And for a while this was the only post I saw. Because Tumblr is composed as a live feed, the minutes I scrolled down the dashboard before I encountered another post for social justice felt like eons.

It wasn’t until I encountered a post by a rather prominent Tumblr user in both the black and activist circles that my research progressed. This individual posted a series of inforgraphics that described the various levels of Israeli settlement on Palestinian territory, the fraught Palestinian citizenship across Israel and Palestine, and general problematic restriction of Palestinian people. The post was significantly informative as most portrayals of Palestine capitalize on the destruction of the Gaza Strip rather than the conditions that provide for this kind of environment, and the surrounding oppressions widespread through out the country. I then opened up another tab in my web browser to later peruse the user’s account, sure of the rich content in store, simultaneously still looking for another possible user to study. Right underneath their post Micdotcom, an active news source, posted GIFs of Porsha Olayiwola’s  poem that criticizes the misogynoir latent in police brutality discourse and the general dismissal of the pain black women face at the hands of black men.

Having at least two users under my belt and just ten minutes left of study, I decided to quickly delve deeper into each site. The first user’s activism centered mostly on the personal: crowdfunding for a poor black transwoman, a black family nearing homelessness, and written text posts that criticize various tangents of their multiple jeopardies as a queer transman of color. The text posts all had a least a thousand ‘notes’, which consisted of either likes or ‘reblogs’ (when users repost the content to their blogs). Furthermore you could see a constant rapport developing on these text posts that pursued discourse or fermented friendships. On this given users page the queer community of color was strong and accounted for. Switching tabs to Micdotcom, the website served as a curated collection of black internet activism across platforms. Screenshots of tweets raising awareness against recent police brutalities (#JusticeforJason, #SayHerName to name a couple), gifs of award shows and videos, news clips, and original Tumblr user posts decorated the page. Micdotcom served as a hub of generalized activism rather than specific black communal activist space.

It is in this way that Tumblr both triumphs and fails as a platform for social change. On one hand the site is a space for endless possibilities that allow for news sources and user-created online ‘zines to provide a constant stream of information crucial for social justice. These carefully curated hubs of information are a great start for both users and visitors of Tumblr. One does not need membership to view or message the copious amount of blogs present on the site. However their existence does not necessitate the existence of black community on Tumblr, individual users do. One would need to follow both prominent and random bloggers in the black community on Tumblr. These bloggers, your chosen informants, brothers, and sisters dictate your involvement with blacktivism. They raise causes for “Black Tumblr” to rally against, to raise money for, or even formally petition against on “Change.org”. These bloggers can help you through your journey of understanding matrices of oppression in your daily life, as well as navigate questions of gender/sexual/racial identity through direct messages, text posts, photos and videos open for commentary…..provided that you follow them. In addition to this slight oversight black users cannot be streamlined in the fighting of antiblackness. Some users are a part of “Queer Tumblr” or “Transgender Tumblr”or the dreaded “Barbershop Tumblr” (a part of Tumblr which is characterized by pro-black homophobic misogynoiristic users). Various pockets of Tumblr wholesale ignore some oppressions, such as colorism, to maintain their privilege and membership to the black community simultaneously. Tumblr can be a place rife with the schisms that plague physical activist spaces.

Ethical issues aside, in this sort of research Tumblr even fails in organization. Like Twitter it employs the hashtag system to organize posts, in order to make searches easier for users and non-users, however unlike Twitter, these tags are hardly agreed upon and are used liberally. Users sometimes use the tag system to input their commentary to protect the aesthetic integrity of a post. This so-called ‘talking in the tags’ makes for a chaotic black hole of information that can only be retrieved if you search that particular blogger’s archive. Tumblr has the potential to be a mess of epic proportion.

Ultimately Tumblr as a space for cyber black activism continuously toes the line of innovation and chaos. The ample opportunity for commentary and grassroot movement give Tumblr the chance to make virtual spaces of social justice bleed into the real world. However this is constantly mired by the disorganization, petty squabbles between users, and randomization of posts that is present on the site.

Word Count: 1138

 

Tags: ,

74,776 Responses to “Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources”

  1. Thanks for this website, i hope u can get better and better in the future.

  2. Pharmacy Hounslow

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

  3. Pim Pim Sa says:

    Scientists say new dinosaur species is largest found in Australia. Scientists in Australia have classified a new species of dinosaur,
    discovered in 2007, as the largest ever found on the continent.

    อ่านต่อได้ที่ โรงเรียนวัดพ่วง

  4. note 9 wireless charging

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

  5. Pim Pim Sa says:

    Hundreds died due to poor or no access to good healthcare. Most of them were not even able to get a Covid test done.
    Now experts believe that the number of deaths in rural India is much higher than official statistics.

    อ่านต่อได้ที่ โรงเรียนบ้านทุ่งแฝก

  6. enliovn says:

    enliovn

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

  7. ikanQQ says:

    situs resmi Ikan QQ menyediakan permainan kartu Online dengan server kualitas terbaik dan tercepat

  8. Instead of wasting your time looking for Chemistry Assignment Help and getting frustrated of not finding a reliable service online, connect with our experts of Help in Homework. Our experts have the relevant degree and are well known in their field of work. They also have vast experience of completing homework for students studying Chemistry as a subject- both at school level as well as for higher studies. If you want to score an A on your chemistry homework, you need not to worry because our experts will diligently complete it within the stipulated time and at an amazingly low price.

  9. Wow!! Very interesting discussion glad that I came across such an informative post. Keep up the good work friend. Also, check out Digital Marketing Agency.

  10. Great job for publishing such a beneficial web site
    비아그라판매처

  11. This is really awesome, am so glad to read this informative article.  슬롯사이트

  12. 승부벳 says:

    I like viewing web sites which comprehend the price of delivering the excellent useful resource free of charge. I truly adored reading your posting. Thank you! 승부벳

  13. айфон в Ростове-на-Дону

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

  14. столешница кедр

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

  15. quiz says:

    quiz

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

  16. The uniqueness of this blog is quite impressive it’s bullet points, descriptive tips, and enriched content is excellent.

  17. Ultimate blog, amazed to see content like this. Waiting for more blogs of yours and thanks for sharing a beneficial work like this.

  18. столешница кедр отзывы

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

  19. Property For Sale Chester

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

  20. The way of representing the statements and providing the resolutions of the issue is brilliant. Eagerly waiting for more content and please do provide the blog of resolving the IP address issues.

  21. Thanks for sharing info like this, thrilled to see your work ! . Hope to witness more blogs like this in the future.

  22. Information and details that are shared through this blog are prominent for all the users who are unable to resolve the various issues through the online manual guide of their device.

  23. Estate Agents Chester

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

  24. link aceofbet

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

  25. I really appreciate the kind of topics you post here. Thanks for sharing us a piece of great information that is actually helpful. Good day!

    https://www.reelgame.site/

  26. Great article. I’m dealing with a few of these issues as well.. Great article. I’m dealing with a few of these issues as well..

    https://www.totosite365.info

  27. Everything is very open with a very clear description of the challenges. It was definitely informative. Your website is very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  28. BusinessHAB says:

    I have been wanting to teach my people to sew & your book would be wonderful !!!! https://businesshab.com/ Please how do I know Viability For Sewing Business thanks

  29. BusinessHAB says:

    I need to thank you for this very good read!!  https://businesshab.com/I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have you bookmarked to check out new things you post. Please how do I get /main-causes-of-small-business-failure?/

  30. deawalone1234 says:

    Indiana police announced a parking lot northeast of Indianapolis Indiana capital on Saturday morning local time Police were charged with shooting at 2.00 local time, four of which were victims. Preliminary reports showed that one man died at the scene, and one had been taken to hospital shortly after the death. The remaining two were injured and taken to hospital. The police are investigating the shooting.

    อ่านเพิ่มเติม   โรงเรียนวัดเพ็ญมิตร

  31. deawalone1234 says:

    But within a month, the 29-year-old found herself cloistered in a room, scared to step out. The virus had returned with alarming ferocity. Her husband had to continue going to work, so she isolated herself from everyone in the house.

    อ่านต่อเพิ่มเติม โรงเรียนบ้านวังตลับ

  32. Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! 토토사이트

  33. I am happy to find this post Very useful for me, as it contains lot of information. I Always prefer to read The Quality and glad I found this thing in you post. Thanks 토토사이트

  34. free online poker games for fun no downloads

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

  35. I should say only that its awesome! The blog is informational and always produce amazing things. 슈어벳 회원가입

  36. Fila Flynik says:

    Fila Flynik

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

  37. As the name recommends, Wi-Fi or Voice over Wi-Fi lets clients settle on an ordinary Wi-Fi company’s decision. This element doesn’t need any different applications and can be utilized on viable telephones, given that your telecom administrator offers the assistance.

    However, the question is, where do you find the latest Realme mobile updates? Don’t worry! MobileDor is one of the best reviews providers; also, they list Realme Mobile Price in Bangladesh.

  38. Conveyancers Conveyancing

    like water for chocolate » Blog Archive » Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources

  39. Ethel Karnopp

    I found a great…

  40. Ali Stockel

    I found a great…

  41. Levi Bauder

    I found a great…

  42. Nannie Ruta

    I found a great…

  43. Stepanie Ehsan

    I found a great…

  44. Judi Formaggioni

    I found a great…

  45. Calvin Livley

    I found a great…

  46. Kirk Kincannon

    I found a great…

  47. Ivory Collet

    I found a great…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.