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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Farhad Manjoo, Slate's technology columnist, discusses how black people use Twitter differently than other groups. Read his article, How Black People Use Twitter.

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Comments [19]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious "Hudson Heights"

I'm afraid to use alternative spellings of words, like "automagically" for "automatically" because I am afraid that I might adopt the "hip" spelling as my standard spelling.

I wonder how the people who pronounce "ask" as "axe" spell the word "ask" in their Twitter posts.

Aug. 18 2010 02:43 PM
WZ from bklyn

Hey all join my BBM NPR news group. PIn me @ 2232E6D3 to join the group and discuss the topics further.
THNX in advance

Aug. 18 2010 01:06 PM
rundiddy from Harlem

if you click on trending topics in twitter/ny
you will find all black faces and all curseds
and all vulgarities thats the truth #truth

Aug. 18 2010 11:46 AM

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Aug. 18 2010 11:23 AM
Kent

Next week tune in Brian's guest Joe Nopoint will discuss his article on Hate.com called "Middle Age Black People Take Showers". Come on folks stop turning everything into race just to get some print.

Aug. 18 2010 11:04 AM
bmore2bstuy from Bstuy

Brian, you all always have GREAT topics!! God I love...that being sad....I was just walking down Lewis in Bedstuy a few weeks ago....and I walked past a group of young black girls...and they were goin on and on about twitter. As someone who has intentionally avoided social networks I remarked at the funny it was hearing these girls talk about twitter and all the talk I've heard about the digital divide over the years. In regards, to how black people use twitter "differently". I'll have to investigate that.

Aug. 18 2010 11:00 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Brian,

Why all the relentless focus on race and milking for any "perceived" differences. It's the Left that keeps the wounds of racism alive with stupid stories like this one.

What's next....a segment on how black people use toilet paper differently?

Aug. 18 2010 11:00 AM
Jim

Are any of these kids inspired by their use of Twitter etc... to build software applications. I think Obama said it best. It isn't so great that kids use games, software etc.. if kids in other countries are building them.

Aug. 18 2010 10:59 AM
scnex from bx

because of the avatar? can you say anonymity... this is why most of your listeners are all white that are calling- well, this listener is an exception...

the rule is lets figure out what the humans are doing so we "the clone nation" can imitate...

Aug. 18 2010 10:58 AM
abdul from brooklyn

not really a surprise..African Americans have long been the #trendsetters in music, art, and culture worlwide for a long time, only natural that twitter would follow in that vein.

Sadly while being a trendsetter is great, and hashtags like #wordsthatleadtotrouble can be fun and all, i'd love to see more examples of young African Americans using twitter as a way of changing their social condition and branching the digital divide that still exists (from both a racial and class perspective).

Aug. 18 2010 10:58 AM
RLewis from the bowery

Aren't we once again taking an issue of class and making it about race? Twitter levels the class field because it's cheaper than owning a computer.

It's not a race thing, but because we can see race and most of the poor are people of color, then we just jump to the easy answer. It's a class issue, not race.

Aug. 18 2010 10:57 AM
nicole from New Jersey

I'm black, 26, female, and from East Orange (more than 50% black city) and I don't have a twitter account, I don't have any desire to have a twitter account, and I don't foresee getting one in the future. As far as I can tell, this is also true for most of my friends. However, I may not fit into the specific demographic you're discussing because I have an M.A. and a laptop.

Aug. 18 2010 10:56 AM
john from Office

Flash mobs equals blacks rioting, like in Philly

Aug. 18 2010 10:55 AM
Brian from BK

So, young black kids are creating culture that is later co-opted by the mainstream... where have I seen this before? This is the history of American popular culture.

Aug. 18 2010 10:55 AM
Concerned Citizen from NYC

I'm not sure why this article was even writtten. This is not a black phenomena. This is the result of people buying into the propaganda of a digital divide. It does not exist among every subset of the black population.

I would like to know why the author felt it was necessary to give the Twitter bird a baseball cap and make him fit a particular stereotype

Aug. 18 2010 10:54 AM
Peter Capek from Ossining, NY

I think this is very interesting, but I see it as something not really new. Young black males have initiated many social trends, and they're enterprising enough now to be doing so on Twitter. Teens today emulate young black males when they wear their "pants on the ground", or wear no belt when it would be appropriate. Lots of language examples exist, too: I believe the now-common "diss" originated in with black English.

Aug. 18 2010 10:53 AM
john from Office

This ties into the lack of progress in education by Young blacks. Like the segment on Hunter College HS. And the other segment on computers and the poor.

Wasting time and effort on mindless pursuits, music, dance etc, not reading and writing and arthmatic. The use of Twitter to organize mobs is a little scary, like in Philly, last month that resulted in a riot. The pursuit of nonsense

Aug. 18 2010 10:51 AM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

Ugh...must everything be discussed in terms of race?

I agree with Eric...who cares

Aug. 18 2010 10:51 AM
Eric from Boston

#whocares

Aug. 18 2010 10:07 AM

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