The internet, black identity, and the evolving discourse of the digital divide

Lynette Kvasny, Kayla D. Hales

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Abstract

In this chapter, we examine how people of African descent are using an online discussion forum as a site for interrogating the existential question of "who am I?" Contrary to the typical formulations of the digital divide as a measure of disparity in access to information and communication technologies (ICTs), we make a case for how and why ICTs are being effectively used to enable and advance the interests of people who have historically been marginalized and silenced. The contributions of this research extend the digital divide discourse to affirm the cultural realities of diverse Internet users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Overcoming Digital Divides
Subtitle of host publicationConstructing an Equitable and Competitive Information Society
PublisherIGI Global
Pages260-276
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781605666990
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

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