Race, gender, and class, together

Remembering Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michaels.

On Tuesday, eight people were killed at three separate Asian spas in the Atlanta area. News coverage of the murders discussed whether or not they were hate crimes, and how to make that distinction. Georgia law enforcement suggested that they were not, on the grounds that their shooter did not describe his motives as explicitly racial.

Postdoctoral researcher Rachel Kuo spoke out against this simplistic framing. “The law and the media demand a singular narrative: Is it this or that?” she told the Washington Post. “When really it’s all of those things. It’s race, gender and class, together.”

“Even the explanation of a sex addiction — that is already racially layered. The ‘temptation’ is tied to the assumption of Asian woman being docile and submissive and at the same time being exoticized.”

Speaking with CNN, Dr. Kuo discussed the history of anti-Asian racism in the United States, including the Page Act of 1875 and the experiences of American soldiers in the Phillippines and Vietnam. These historical stereotypes "have had the effect of excusing and tolerating violence by ignoring, trivializing and normalizing it.”

She also shared a piece by 18 Million Rising executive director Caden Mak commemorating the killing of Vincent Chin and proposing an alternate vision for justice and transformation to the common refrain calling for hate crime laws.

Recent publications and appearances

"Deplatforming works excessively well.” Deen Freelon was NPR Source of the Week and spoke with All Things Considered about Whac-A-Mole efforts to root out extremism.

“Finally, the United States appears to have an enviable record in one aspect of the pandemic.” Zeynep Tufekci published an op-ed in the New York Times discussing why the U.S. should be redistributing some of its vaccine supply to other countries. Dr. Tufekci published another piece on how the pandemic has made the world better, and was also cited in an Intelligencer piece on how the West failed the test of the pandemic.

“2020, and so far 2021, have really been a time when both the best and worst of social media have been on really clear display.” Alice Marwick appeared on WUNC’s Tested podcast to discuss the cultural and political nuances of social media in a year wherein our social lives have been mediated by screens more than ever.

“Twitter is not a social network that most Americans are on, but it is a place where most journalists, most people in politics are on. So it has this sort of special, and I would say outsized, influence in the news media and political world.” Shannon McGregor appeared on WUNC’s The Politics Podcast to discuss the reduction of local news alongside the rise of social media.

Coming soon

This weekend: A Coded Bias screening and discussion at Clarkson University

March 24-26: Shannon McGregor, Daniel Kreiss, and Alice Marwick will lead panels, and graduate affiliates Jeeyun Sophia Baik and Will Partin will present, at the first annual conference of the Platform Governance Research Network. Dr. McGregor will chair a panel on governing advertising and microtargeting (March 24). Dr. Kreiss will chair a panel titled “Breaking Into the Black Box: Methods and Research,” and Dr. Marwick will be part of a panel discussing content moderation and online communities (March 25).

Tressie McMillan Cottom will be giving this year’s Ed Mignon Distinguished Lecture at the University of Washington Information School on April 13, and the keynote address for the Association of College & Research Libraries 2021 Conference, taking place April 13-16.

Informal, Criminalized, Precarious: Sex Workers Organizing Against Barriers” – CITAP is presenting a webinar series with Hacking//Hustling, the Cornell Gender Justice Clinic, and Berkman Klein Center.  Sessions are scheduled throughout April.

Rest of web

Francesca Tripodi shared this as a must-read piece: “Like journalists, entertainment producers won’t be able to mitigate all amplification risks. Sometimes the best outcome of telling risky stories will be less harmful amplification, not zero harmful amplification.” Claire Wardle and Whitney Phillips published a “must-read” essay about tips for documentary storytellers covering disinformation, adapted from journalistic best practices.

News from our neighbors: “Studying social media from the perspective of the people who use it is also important because they are conspicuously absent from public debates about social media and political tribalism.” Chris Bail, director of the Duke Polarization Lab, is launching a new book about profound differences between people’s online and real-life personas, and what that means for platforms and polarization.

Shannon McGregor recommended a thread by Meredith D. Clark on #CancelCulture:

And if you’ve made it this far, an open source tool you just might need:

Ever wished for an open source reliability calculator for content analysis? http://dfreelon.org/utils/recalfront/