Few studies attempt to demonstrate whether and how systemic racial inequality might form on the web. I use racial formation theory to conceptualize how race is represented, and systematically reproduced on the web, and how both may reveal forms of racial inequality. Using an original dataset and network graph, I document the architecture of web traffic, and the actual traffic patterns among and between race-based websites. Results demonstrate that web producers create hyperlink networks that steer audiences to websites without respect to racial or nonracial content. However, user navigation reflects a racially segregated traffic pattern; users navigate to racialized versus nonracialized websites (and vice versa) more than what would be expected by chance. These results, along with disparities in website traffic rankings, provide evidence of, and demonstrates how a race-based hierarchy might systematically emerge on the web in ways that exemplify disparate forms of value, influence and power that exist within the web environment.
January 29, 2017 admin Comments Off on Trump’s Muslim Ban Reminds Me of Different Days, People I Once Knew
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January 21, 2017 admin Comments Off on At CNN Opinion: My Thoughts on White Supremacy and the Election of Donald Trump
At CNN Opinion: My Thoughts on White Supremacy and the Election of Donald TrumpCharlton McIlwain: This election cycle we heard about the “new white,” but there is no such...
The Atlantic: The Internet May Be as Segregated as a CityThe Atlantic recently reported on my new study about race and inequality on the Internet. The study...