New media have radically altered our understanding of racism, so that an issue that has too often been assumed to belong to the past has been thrust into the contemporary mainstream. In light of the clear impact of both traditional and new media on Brexit in the UK and the Trump Presidency in the US, it is imperative for students of media and public discourse to examine the role played by the media in the generation, circulation and contestation of racist ideas. In Racism and Media, Gavan Titley: • Explains why racism is such a complex and contested concept • Provides a set of theoretical and analytical tools with which to interrogate the empirical world of racism and media • Demonstrates methods’ application through a wide range of case studies, taking in examples from the UK, US, Europe and Australia • Examines the rise and impact of online and social media racism • Invites readers to confront tensions in their own experiences of racism and media This book is an essential companion for students of media, communications, sociology and cultural studies.

Anti-racism and digital media culture
Anti-racism and digital media culture
Introduction: the contradictions of the internet

From the insistence of anti-Black Face activism on the relation between the symbolic and material oppression, to the spontaneous expressions of anger and sorrow channelled into organizing to seek #Justice4Trayvon, to reporting fake ‘Islamist’ pages on Facebook, anti-racist actions and perspectives have featured consistently in the preceding analysis. The aim of this chapter is to provide an analytical framework for thinking about the significant range of anti-racisms that take shape through and in relation to digital media culture. It seeks to draw out different understandings of anti-racism at work in and across contexts, the forms of media work they engage in, and the public horizons that drive their interventions. ...

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