February 23, 2010
In the reading Cyber Racism, the interaction of people in the digital world of the internet is thoroughly examined. The digital world opens up another channel for people across the globe to connect with each other and communicate across networks that would normally be separated by physical distance. Even though internet interaction is not face to face as one would be in the real world, it still produces the same things that normal people deal with in society. Issues tackled in American history such as racism and blatant white supremacy movements surface themselves again online meeting little resistance. With this said it is clear in this reading that the elements of race, class, gender, and sexuality still produce a stratified digital world for its participants.
White supremacy online is fueled by a combination of the four components of race, class gender and sexuality. The most obvious as in the civil rights movement of the 60’s, race is more difficult to think about when analyzing the problem it presents in the digital world. The reason, as Daniels points out in the reading, is because when first putting race into perspective online, one would think race does not exist. There is no face to face interaction in most cases, and usually race only comes into existence in the physical form. At first glance this is true, but as Daniels points out the internet presents a chance for race to be identified. For example, the reading goes onto say that internet “screen names signify racial identity in general. Screen names are chosen to signify national identity and racial ideology as well as racial and gender identity.” This is not harmful until this identity is used to institute racism online, from one participant to another. Like mentioned before, screen names do not only reveal race, but it may also give way to gender, which also can help construct a system of stratification. In this...