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: ,

27,524 Responses to “Methodologies V: Using and Analyzing Digital Media Sources”

  1. What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It positively useful and it has helped me out loads. I’m hoping to give a contribution & assist different users like its aided me. Good job.Here is my web page; 카지노사이트

  2. marijuana canada online
    I really appreciate your effort and perfection in creating your blog! Good job.

  3. игра авиатор 1win

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

  4. business2news.com

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

  5. комплексное строительное снабжение

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

  6. FPT Telecom HCM khuyến mãi hấp dẫn dành cho khách hàng khi đăng ký Lắp internet FPT:

  7. netgear_ext says:

    I found this article is very informative keep sharing

  8. Concept Studio Branding and design agency

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

  9. chickenfaq.com

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

  10. like water for chocolate

  11. Wedding Car says:

    Looking for the best wedding car to hire in London? Contact Exclusive Hire today and make your wedding day memorable. wedding car hire

  12. Herpagreens says:

    If you are prone to yeast infections, be especially careful during sexual intercourse. Take care to avoid any positions that could cause the transfer of yeast or rectal bacteria to your vaginal area. Also, after sexual intercourse, urinate to try to flush any harmful bacteria out of your system.

  13. Herpagreens says:

    Never keep work out clothes on any longer than is necessary, especially if you are susceptible to frequent yeast infections! Yeast loves heat and moisture, and if you remain in sweaty work out clothes, you’re setting yourself up. No matter where you exercise, always have a fresh and dry set of clothes to change into.

  14. Marvel онлайн

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

  15. 온라인 카지노 바카라 라이브카지노 바카라메이저 카지노사이트주소 라이센스 바카라 플러스카지노 우리 카지노 가입 카지노 슬롯 머신 규칙 우성카지노도메인 카지노 추천 사이트 안전 바카라 트럼프카지노먹튀놀검소 바카라사이트

  16. pat234 says:

    Instituto de Hematología e Inmunología » Medicina Regenerativa en odontología
    pd99betvip

  17. This article is very helpful. Thank you for giving us this information.

  18. old games says:

    Your Content is Amazing. OLD GAMES is a Professional Old Games Store. Here we will provide you PC old games, Mobile old games, Android old games, iPhone old games, and MAC old games for free. We’re dedicated to providing you the best of Old Games, with a focus on dependability and Providing Old Games For Free. We’re working to turn our passion for Old Games Store into a booming online website. We hope you enjoy our Old Games Store as much as we enjoy offering them to you. I will keep posting more important posts on my Website for all of you. Please give your support and love. Thank You!

  19. salman nur says:

    very interesting post.Yor blog very nice .
    dehumidifier supplier in banglades

  20. I really appreciate the hardwork of the author of this blog. Salute and wishing you a very hard work. microscope online shopping india

  21. chaos says:

    chaos

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

  22. 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

  23. betflix says:

    get awesome cash prizes at betflix ! until you have to cry wow

  24. wb88 says:

    Slot Joker123 adalah permainan slot online yang paling digemari oleh para bettor Indonesia dan terkenal dengan istilah modal bet100 bisa jadi jutaan bahkan membikin menjadi sumber penghasilan utama

  25. Slot Joker123 adalah permainan slot online yang paling digemari oleh para bettor Indonesia dan terkenal dengan istilah modal bet100 bisa jadi jutaan bahkan membikin menjadi sumber penghasilan utama

  26. 온라인바카라에스뱅크 블랙 잭 카지노 먹튀 카지노 사이트 퍼스트 카지노 가입 쿠폰 모바일 바카라 사이트 카지노 슬롯 사이트 코인 카지노 사이트 솔 카지노 에볼루션카지노 카지노 테이블 게임 에볼루션카지노가입 카지노 하는 법 바카라카지노

  27. cfa study tips

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

  28. game online slot 777

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

  29. Jonas Seabreeze

    I found a great…

  30. Veronique Perocho

    I found a great…

  31. https://www.ilna.news/

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

  32. http://www.pishkhan.com

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

  33. https://www.mashreghnews.ir/

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

  34. akharinkhabar.ir

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

  35. Hi there, thank you for sharing such great piece of informative content with us. It is really amazing post it also helps me a lot.

  36. Big Ideas Math Answers is a math tutoring company that will come to your home or business and tutor you on any level of math. Big Ideas Math Answers offers professional, affordable services for students from elementary school to graduate school. Big Ideas Math answers have been in the business for over ten years and has helped thousands of people with their mathematical needs.

  37. sm 카지노 실시간 카지노 사이트 우리 카지노 주소 다이 사이 게임 카지노 포커 슬롯 머신 하는 법 슬롯 머신 하는 법 꽁머니카지노 우리 카지노 본사 온카 카지노신규가입머니꽁벤져스 카지노 게임 사이트 바카라사이트

  38. Jennifer Garner says:

    Need to take your class online? Take Your Classes Online offers best online class help! Just say take my online class for me. We offer do my online class help!

  39. Dee Mckoan

    I found a great…

  40. pat123 says:

    Instituto de Hematología e Inmunología » Medicina Regenerativa en odontología
    pd99betvip

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *