American response to New Orleans was viewed through an exceedingly narrow lens. White America was shocked. Black responses were embedded within an understanding of what social theorists call structural racism.
A month ago, the military banned MySpace but not Facebook. This was a very interesting move because the division in the military reflects the division in high schools. Soldiers are on MySpace; officers are on Facebook.
MySpace users often from immigrant, Latino and Hispanic families, the teens not part of the "dominant high school popularity paradigm...ostracised...as geeks, freaks, or queers." Facebook users "are in honors classes, looking forward to the prom"...
[Web] surfing mimics a postmodern, deconstructionist perspective by undermining the authority of texts...no longer awed by received authority...in the form of text, graphics, music or code...[web surfers will use them] for their own purposes.
This paper is taken from Chapter One of Radical Mass Media Criticism: A Cultural Genealogy (2006)...It argues that there exists a 'genealogy' of ideas that amount to a tradition of radical media thought. And so on.