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Episode 239 — Miss America Twitter Backlash


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#1 July Diaz

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 08:40 PM

Creator of AngryAsianMan.com, Phil Yu joins Andrew Ti to answer racism questions all this week. Today they talk about Twitter’s racist backlash after finding out who was crowned as Miss America. Be sure to call us at (323) 389-RACE to ask if anything is racist.

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 01:04 PM

I don't think you all are wrong about this, but here's another idea to consider: I heard a linguist talking on NPR a while back (don't remember the details, unfortunately) who was saying that one of the reasons we see so much racism on the internet is that that's what's shocking to people now.

Words like "fuck" and "shit" will only shock your grandmother nowadays - they've been so oversaturated into our culture that the sensation you experience when hearing them is minor at worst. But racist words can still shock, they still have a sting to them.

The internet is largely still an anonymous culture - even if you have your real name tied to what you're saying, the experience of comenting on twitter is of being just one line of text next to a profile picture in a sea of tweets. You can't stand out with a mild expression in such an environment. If you want to be read, you have to be saying something extreme - or at least, that's the line of unconscious attention-seeking drilled into people with parents that ignore(d) them. People reach to racist words to make you pay attention to them, essentially.

Not saying that makes them excusable, of course. Just an interesting thought.

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 03:24 PM

View PostHomelessbird, on 23 September 2013 - 01:04 PM, said:

I don't think you all are wrong about this, but here's another idea to consider: I heard a linguist talking on NPR a while back (don't remember the details, unfortunately) who was saying that one of the reasons we see so much racism on the internet is that that's what's shocking to people now.

Words like "fuck" and "shit" will only shock your grandmother nowadays - they've been so oversaturated into our culture that the sensation you experience when hearing them is minor at worst. But racist words can still shock, they still have a sting to them.

The internet is largely still an anonymous culture - even if you have your real name tied to what you're saying, the experience of comenting on twitter is of being just one line of text next to a profile picture in a sea of tweets. You can't stand out with a mild expression in such an environment. If you want to be read, you have to be saying something extreme - or at least, that's the line of unconscious attention-seeking drilled into people with parents that ignore(d) them. People reach to racist words to make you pay attention to them, essentially.

Not saying that makes them excusable, of course. Just an interesting thought.


I used to think that way, that most of the racist bullshit posts on the internet were angsty teens trying to be edgy. But ever since a lot of sites went to facebook account logins, it seems like most of the people USING ALL CAPITALS TO SAY RACIST THINGS are like, 80 years old. i think the biggest internet racism problem is super old people, and anonymity or lack thereof doesn't stop them, they just have such disgust at the world and so few social connections they don't care if they spend their golden years going to each forum and posting Obama witch doctor pics, etc. I don't think they're really trying to be shocking, I think they think they are being normal, and we have a problem because we are shocked when they say "white birds don't flock with black birds" or w/e