How is racist propaganda changing with the development of digital media technologies?

The following two speakers will be presenting their latest work on this issue.
  • Professor of Sociology, Jessie Daniels, Hunter College, NYC.
  • Research Assistant, Johan Farkas, ITU/University of Bergen.

15 May 2017 // 13:00-14:00 // ITU – Auditorium 3 // Facebook event
Everyone is welcome (including students), no registration required.

Tweet Storm: The Rise of Trump, the Mainstreaming of White Nationalism & the Threat to Democracy (Jessie Daniels)
The election of Donald Trump as President of the US followed an unprecedented campaign in which savvy white nationalists and members of  the “alt-right” movement use culture jamming tactics on Facebook and Twitter to inject racist memes like #WhiteGenocide into popular political and cultural discussions. And, @realDonaldTrump retweets them all to his 24 million-plus followers. In response to this increased visibility and amplification of white nationalism in the mainstream of US political culture, white liberals express shock at what they perceive is a new development. While the Women’s March the day after Trump’s inauguration offered some hope for charting a different path, the fact remains that 53% of white women voted for him. In this engaging talk, Jessie Daniels draws on 20 years of research into the ways racism spreads on and offline to demonstrate that white supremacy is a real, and persistent, threat to democratic societies.
 
Disguised racist propaganda in digital media in Denmark (Johan Farkas)
Digital media platforms provide powerful new means of communication, also for those promoting racist worlviews. In this talk, Johan Farkas presents the results of his research on disguised racist propaganda in digital media. The presentation focuses on how cloaked Facebook pages as well as readers’ letters disguised as journalism have been tactically mobilised to strengthen and amplify existing racist discourses in Denmark.
 
About the speakers
Jessie Daniels PhD, is Professor of Sociology and Critical Social Psychology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, at the City University of New York (CUNY). She is the author or editor of five books, among them White Lies (Routledge, 1997) and Cyber Racism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), which offer a look at white supremacy before and after the Internet. Daniels is an internationally recognized expert on Internet manifestations of racism and a “pioneer in digital sociology” (according to Contexts Magazine, 2014). Her work has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.  Most recently, her attention has turned to the way that digital technologies are changing the way we do our work as scholars, a theme she explores in Being a Scholar in the Digital Era (Policy Press, 2016, with Polly Thisthlewaite), and in Going Public (University of Chicago Press, 2017, with Arlene Stein). In addition to her books, Daniels is also the author of dozens of peer-reviewed articles in journals such as American Behavioral Scientist, New Media & Society, Gender & Society, and Women’s Studies Quarterly, and some of her writing has appeared in The New York Times. Daniels also worked in the Internet industry. She writes regularly at RacismReview, a scholarly blog that she co-founded and has maintained since 2007. Forbes Magazine named her one of “20 inspiring women to follow on Twitter,” and you can find her there as @JessieNYC.  
 
Johan Farkas is Assistant Lecturer at the IT University of Copenhagen and Research Assistant at the University of Bergen. His research interests include political communicaiton, participation in digital media, and disguised propaganda. He has published his work in Conjunctions – Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation, KOME – An International Journal of Pure Communication Inquiry, and New Media & Society [forthcoming].