YouTube makes it possible for anyone with a video camera and an internet connection to become a creator, where homemade videos set in a bedroom are the amateur aesthetic at the heart of YouTube (Kun, 2010). Additionally, the media ecology that video sites like YouTube and Vimeo create engage a new kind of creative production where content creators can post and have discussions about their videosThe participatory culture of video sharing sites, where creators develop their voices and identities with the ongoing interaction with their audiences, allows for a constantly shifting development of identities based on the feedback of peers (Jenkins, 1992)The uploading of videos on YouTube or Vimeo is a solicitation for feedback; creators seeks a visibility for their work, even if it is just for family and friends (Ito et al., 2009). YouTube and Vimeo video uploads are different from many other places online where racial passing is standard or one is “white until proven guilty” (Au, 2003). In an online video, a “real world” face is front and center, and cannot hide behind a cleverly created screen name or avatar.Much internet theory discusses the “disembodiedment” of the internet, and the cultural safaris possible online. The concept of transcending the body or recombining one’s identity online is a privileged position- especially in regards to a video blog. Bodies of color online are rooted in their real world bodies and their lived experiences, and there is no such thing as transcending the body for people of color online. However, an online community can be a powerful place for self-expression, especially for mixed race individuals.
Who Screenshot Ya?:Digital Representations of Mixed Race
What is a Netizen?internet + citizen = netizen (duh.)BUT. Meaning that the internet has become acenter of power, and use of the internet creates anew sociopolitical identity for the user(Hurwitz, 2003).
Concluding ThoughtsMy two main issues:• Classifications of Latin@s? •If the U.S. census does not designate Latin@s as a race, how are mixed race Latin@s classified?•Language? •Most of the literature uses the terms “minority” or “nonwhite”- words still centered on whiteness and pointing out what people are not, rather than what they are. What are better terms to use, especially in relationship to mixed race people?