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Racist Zoombombing

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ISBN 9780367725808
March 3, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
88 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Analyzing racist harassment and hate speech on Zoom, this book examines the emergence of the practice that has become known as Zoombombing.

While most accounts refer to Zoombombing as simply a new style or practice of online trolling and harassment in the wake of increased videoconferencing since the outbreak of Covid-19, this volume examines this as a specifically racialized and gendered phenomenon with Black people and Black communities being targeted with racialized and gendered harassment. Racist Zoombombing brings together histories of online racism and algorithmic warfare with in-depth interviews by Black users on their experiences. The book explains how Zoombombing is a form of racial violence, interrogates our ideas about online space and community, and challenges our notions of a physical/digital distinction with racial harassment of Black people and communities.

A vital resource for media, culture and communication students and scholars that are interested in race, gender, digital media, and digital culture.

Table of Contents

1. New Platforms, Same Racists: How Social Media and Gaming Route Racist Hatred to Zoom 2. Zoom As Memetic Warfare: Zoombombing’s Roots in the Far Right 3. Affective Violations: Black People’s Experiences with Zoombombing 4. Conclusion

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Lisa Nakamura is Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she is the inaugural Director of the Digital Studies Institute. She is the author/editor of four books on race, gender and digital media: Race in Cyberspace (2000), Cybertypes: Race, Gender, and Ethnicity on the Internet (2002), Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet (2007) and Race After the Internet (2011). She has also published essays and book chapters on racial passing and videogames, online toxicity, and the politics of digital infrastructure.

Hanah Stiverson is a PhD candidate in the department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on the growing overlap between the far-right and the mainstream in the United States.

Kyle Lindsey is a PhD student in American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research focuses on how people of color navigate interpretation, criticism, and responsibility on digital platforms.