Challenging the Whiteness of Britishness: Co-creating British Social History in the Blogosphere.

Gabriel, D., 2015. Challenging the Whiteness of Britishness: Co-creating British Social History in the Blogosphere. Online Journal of Media and Communication Technologies, Sep (Special issue).

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Abstract

Blogs are a valuable medium for preserving cultural memory, reflecting the varied dimensions of human life (O’Sullivan, 2005) and allowing ordinary individuals and marginalised groups the opportunity to contribute to the ‘dialogue of history’ (Cohen, 2005:10). The diverse perspectives to be found in the blogosphere can help deepen understanding of historical moments. Such examples include 9/11 (Cohen, 2005), the London bombings in 2005 (Allan, 2006) and Hurricane Katrina (Brock, 2009). Using critical race theory (CRT) as a theoretical framework and cultural democracy as the conceptual framework, this study examines the symbolic power of counter-storytelling through the blogosphere. The findings reveal that in relation to coverage of the UK ‘riots’ in 2011 and the Stephen Lawrence verdict in 2012, African Caribbean bloggers advanced alternative perspectives of the events and appropriated blogs as a medium for self-representation through their own constructions of Black identity. In so doing they performed a vital role as co-creators of British social history.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1986-3497
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:22659
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:14 Oct 2015 10:37
Last Modified:16 Nov 2016 16:09

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