Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet Paperback – Jul 18 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
With chapter subtitles such as "Identity Tourism, Avatars, and Racial Passing in Textual and Graphic Chat Spaces" and "Making Race Happen Online," Cybertypes: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity on the Internet shows the tenaciousness of race categories in cyberspace, despite the Web's touring as a raceless utopia. Lisa Nakamura, associate professor of English at Sonoma State University, argues that "race, as vexed a term as that has come to be, is an indispensable part of the 'root' that warrants, anchors and conditions the lives of actual users in cyberspace to the world offline," and that only by paying close attention to race's offline vicissitudes will we understand online life.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Defying a generation of scholars who have argued that there's no place for race in cyberspace, Lisa Nakamura sets out to find and analyze the cultural work that race and ethnicity do online. Traveling through a fascinating web of online nodes and offline narratives--advertisements for Microsoft and MCI, MUDs, and commercially-driven Web sites, and cyberpunk films and novels, to name a few--Nakamura deftly and engagingly shows us that race happens, both online and within popular discourses portraying online culture. A tour-de-force that can and should blow the doors of cyberculture studies wide open, Cybertypes is the book we've been waiting for.
David Silver, University of Washington
Nakamura argues that 'race happens' in cyberspace, and in her book a savvy racial analysis is what's on the menu. With attention to presences, absences, identities, subjectivities, ideologies, and practices in Internet and other cyberspatial zones, Cybertypes shows how 'doing virtuality' is never unmarked. What we get from reading difference with Nakamura is a menu for change, not a recipe for more of the same.
Donna J. Haraway, University of California at Santa Cruz
Cybertypes is a simply fascinating examination of how racial ideas changed in the online environment.
Nakamura strikes a productive balance in tone; her writing is thoughtful yet breezy. It is thorough enough to stand up to the demands of academia, while it resists relying too heavily on the labyrinthine and verbose of critical theory or the obtusely specific jargon of computer technology.
NYFA Quarterly, Spring 2003
Top Customer Reviews
The first chapter, 'Cybertyping and the work of race in the age of digital reproduction', opens with an introduction of the term 'cybertype', built upon the nineteenth century word stereotype, which originally referred to a machine which could easily mass reproduce specific images. Nakamura uses cybertype since 'identity online is still typed, still mired in oppressive roles', and expands the term 'to describe the distinctive ways that the Internet propagates, disseminates, and commodifies images of race and racism' (3-4). The chapter then deals with a number of cybertypes-including Indian Silicon Valley workers (cybertyped as efficient and cheap immigrants)-and also examines the theory that access to the internet equals equality online, a theory touted in much of the US government's 'digital divide' rhetoric.Read more ›
Although the language is highly technical (accessable mainly to students of cultural studies and more specifically critical theory) the book can also be useful for those more adventurous readers who are willing to tough out an interesting book in order to learn a little bit more about the world they live in.
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Too much emphasis is put on the "Web" and its technical limitations. The materiality of the technology does necessarily explain the nature of the information found on the Internet. The book also focuses too much on specialized use of the Internet such as MUDs and not enough on mundane activities. Today, most users use the Web for very down-to-earth, practical reasons. The use of such uncommon cyber-activities as examples limits her argument to further generalizations.
In the end, the Web is nothing more than an extension of the offline world. Race happens online, but for very different reasons than the ones Nakamura expresses. Race happens online, because race happens offline.
1) It is incredibly boring. How dozens of authors managed to turn an exciting new field into boring concepts and trite sayings is byond me.
2) This book is, to use a Don DeLillo term, "White Noise". This means there are lots of words, but they have little meaning. You can read for dozens of pages and not learn a single thing
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