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Can Social Media End Racism?

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Carmen Van Kerckhove from Racialicious has submitted a panel idea for the SXSW Interactive Festival:

Can Social Media End Racism?
The tangled issues of race and privilege in our society come to a boiling point on the internet. Exploring the complicated place of race in society, this presentation examines the ideas of race in the digital environment with a specific focus on social media.

Written by Eric Stoller

August 10th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

  • http://rhetoricalwasteland.blogspot.com Dennis

    The peanut gallery wants to know what your answer to the question is.

    =)

  • http://ericstoller.com/blog/ Eric Stoller

    No. I don’t feel that social media will “end racism”. Ending racism is going to take a lot of work/education/awareness/change and I believe that social media can certainly be part of the equation…

    What do you think?

  • http://rhetoricalwasteland.blogspot.com Dennis

    I agree. In fact, I suspect Van Kerckhove is being intentionally over the top. I hope so, at any rate.

    Also, I have no idea what ‘social media’ is, unless it’s another term for blogs.

  • http://doteduguru.com/ Kyle James

    You have to give it to him. It’s a great title for a presentation. Creates good buzz, especially if he has something interesting to say about it.

  • http://rhetoricalwasteland.blogspot.com Dennis

    I could be wrong, but I didn’t think Van Kerckhove identified as male. The post title is the same as the proposed panel title, so I don’t think it’s original to Eric.

  • http://ericstoller.com/blog/ Eric Stoller

    Kyle – Carmen is a woman. “You have to give it to her. It’s a great title for a presentation. Creates good buzz, especially if she has something interesting to say about it.”

  • crall

    Hey Eric–
    Thanks for dropping by… I left a response to your question.

    AS for social media, I don’t know the answer.

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