Cybertypes : Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet. Lisa Nakamura. When we look for signs of freedom online--anywhere from chat room conversations to cyberpunk fiction--we are almost inevitably urged toward "liberation" from our bodies and their "restrictive" attributes like race, gender, and age. But cyberculture critic Lisa Nakamura insists that the Internet is a place where race matters. Web directories sharply narrow racial categories.
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To ask other readers questions about Cybertypes , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jun 02, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: tech-studies-comps. In Cybertypes , Lisa Nakamura examines how race gets coded on the Internet and in representations of the Internet. She explains how racism is often ignored online, and that representations are often stereotypes, or cybertypes: e.
Additionally, she explains how white people taking on racial avatars can be an example of digital tourism, which reveals privilege, mobility, and capital, a "liberation" through th In Cybertypes , Lisa Nakamura examines how race gets coded on the Internet and in representations of the Internet.
Additionally, she explains how white people taking on racial avatars can be an example of digital tourism, which reveals privilege, mobility, and capital, a "liberation" through the appropriation of others' identities. She proposes that if the Internet is ever to be as utopian as people like to claim, "attention must be paid to discourses with rather than appropriations of the other Nakamura also discusses race as it is portrayed in cyberpunk literature and advertisements for companies like IBM and Microsoft, which cybertype and Orientalize: using images of the exotic and native to reinforce notions of progress.
She also explores how options for race in pull-down menus limit choices and the possibility and existence of hybrid or mestiza consciousness. Feb 15, Dragos rated it liked it Shelves: media-stuff. Disjointed, sometimes rambling, grossly outdated and obnoxiously critical theory centric Nakamura's Cybertypes is nonetheless a landmark early study into the racial and gender dynamics created by 'cyberspace'.
Dec 03, Jacqueline rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction. Nakamura brings up some very valid points and I enjoyed reading this book. I would've given it 4 stars but I had some problems with her methodologies, and I just couldn't quite get over it. Mar 29, Rema rated it really liked it. May 19, Elizabeth marked it as to-read Shelves: race , technology , culture , cyberspace , nonfiction. Apr 10, Nikki rated it liked it Shelves: cyberpunk , space-opera , nonfiction.
Really easy to read, especially for it's genre, and comprehensive without getting bogged down in super-intelligent academic ideas.
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