Tag Archives: racism

Visual essay – Is social media making us [more] racist?


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Zupancic Z, Twitter-logo, February 17 2011, Flickr, Attribution/No derivative works http://www.flickr.com/photos/crazyoctopus/5455530224/

Rizzato R, Fakes on my Facebook “friends” #02, April 11 2010, Flickr, Attribution/non commercial http://www.flickr.com/photos/rizzato/4514629942/

Ergow.com, logo YouTube, November 26 2009, Flickr, Attribution/non-commercial/no derivative work http://www.flickr.com/photos/ergow/4135920041/

Simon, Google search engine magnifying glass browser, January 29 2013, Pixabay, Public domain CC0 http://pixabay.com/en/google-search-engine-76522/

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Garber M, Graph, April 5 2013, May 26 2013, http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/when-your-facebook-friend-is-racist/274706/

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Pareene, Young Republican leader Finds racism LOL-worthy, July 6 2009, May 27 2013, http://gawker.com/5308514/young-republican-leader-finds-racism-lol+worthy

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Alexander B, Tweet, 2012, Sunday 26 2013 http://insidepublicminds.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/racism-digitalized/

Blunsum J, 2013, Searching racism, Screenshots – 2 from Google, 1 from Youtube (Personal collection)

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Tang A, Boston Marathon aftermath people, April 15 2013, Wikimedia, Attribution http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2013_Boston_Marathon_aftermath_people.jpg

Tang A, Boston Marathon explosion, April 16 2012, Wikimedia, Attribution


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Binder M, Twitter Idiots blame Boston Bombing on North Korea, President Obama, April 16 2013, May 26 2013, http://thecontributor.com/boston-marathon-bombing/boston-bombing-brings-out-worst-twitter (all the tweets)

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Gabbay T, “Please don’t be a Muslim”: cair, others respond to Boston bombings on Twitter, April 15 2013, May 25 2013, http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/04/15/please-dont-be-a-muslim-cair-others-respond-to-boston-bombings-on-twitter/

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Administrator, AIPAC-Jewish Racist “Hopes Boston Bomber is White”, April 17 2013, June 6 2013 http://www.davidduke.com/?p=39309

What am I this week Media?


Celebrating a mate’s birthday at the local club – being the designated driver, I find myself watching my mates and their behaviour as they are constantly consuming alcohol. I am noticing the typical early signs of being intoxicated – odd movements, random bursts of laughter and obscure ideas, higher confidence, lower social awareness and the increase of volume and vulgar language when speaking to someone that is right next to them. I also noticed the increase of appearances from security guards and staff watching us, so… it wasn’t just me paying attention to my mates.

It isn’t odd that we were being watched, the establishment, the guards and staff do have to do their jobs. Watched from across the room or being watched from all of the cameras – that were obvious. It was more about being watched about the potential dangers that could happen, not the actual behaviour going on. Watching through the cameras I suspect there to be no audio just video, so It would be not until an action that could be seen as a potential escalation of something more dangerous that my mates and I would be able to stay.

This seems to be how surveillance/CCTV/phone footage is being used by the media. To produce content for, yet against, the public by controlling the potential dangers society has to offer, until a danger occurs, then it is displayed in the media everywhere alerting the audiences to the troubles of people and countries.

For example with the current label of Australians being racist in the media shown by:

From 2 weeks ago – discussion on Sunrise

From 4 months ago

When I type “racist” then press space, I am greeted with “racist Australia” as the 4th most searched phrase in both Google and YouTube. If I type in “racist a” I get “racist Australia”, “racist Aussie jokes”, “racist Asian names” and “racist Australia jokes” rounding out the top 4 displayed on Google.

It is not just Google, YouTube and the news showing some simple clips that portray racial discrimination in Australia – sticking with the racism in Australia’s media, we are shown documents, research and interviews that both portray Australia as racist. Such as this ground breaking SBS report (published 23/2/11 – brought up each time racism enters Australian media) that says 1 in 10 Australians are racist, this story (published 5/4/13) of daily real life events from Waleed Aly (appears also on Tens The Project) who describes the passive, pervasive racism that has always been in Australia or the following video from website All Together Now

Our media has focused on a topic that creates discussion and concern to everyone. Looking at the videos above, comments made and looking at what is being searched on the net (globally), Australia is racist… until the next news story when fickle Australia becomes something else.