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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet

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Cyberspace entices us with the promise of an online utopia--a web of fluid identities and infinite possibilities. When we look for signs of freedom online--anywhere from chat room conversations to cyberpunk fiction--we are almost inevitably urged toward "liberation" from our bodies and their "restrictive" attributes like race, gender, and age. But cyberculture critic Lisa Nakamura insists that the Internet is a place where race matters.<BR>Race itself may not be fixed or finite, but Nakamura argues that racial stereotypes-or "cybertypes"-are hardwired into our online interactions: Identity tourists masquerade in virtual roles like "Asian_Geisha" and "Alatinolover." Web directories sharply narrow racial categories. Anonymous computer users are assumed to be white.<BR>In "Cybertypes," Nakamura looks at what happened to race when it went online, and how our ideas about race continue to be shaped and reshaped every time we log on. Examining all facets of our everyday online experience from Internet advertising to email jokes, Nakamura shows that the postmodern ideal of fluid selves made possible by network technology is not necessarily subversive, progressive, or liberating. The harder race is pushed off-line, the greater the consequences in real life for people of color.<BR>A lively and provocative discussion "Cybertypes" offers a valuable new way of thinking about race and identity in the information age.

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ISBN:
9780415938372
Author:
Nakamura, Lisa
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Nakamura Lisa
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Race awareness
Subject:
Race discrimination
Subject:
Social Aspects - General
Subject:
Computers Reference-Social Aspects
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.20x5.68x.56 in. .59 lbs.

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