Transgressive Networks: This Week in Blackness and Resistance through Online Programming
AbstractThis paper explores the dynamics of power and resistance surrounding the independent online media network $2 (TWiB). Created by Elon James White, $2 is comprised of six podcasts covering a diverse range of topics, an active blog, and a fully functioning social networking site. White and his co-hosts L. Joy Williams and Aaron Rand Freeman, collectively nicknamed Team Blackness, have gained visibility in the progressive media world and have cultivated a substantial online audience. Despite this, $2 has had difficulty connecting with other media outlets or finding sponsors to support their work. I argue that this is because $2 ’s programming embraces a diverse, heterogeneous, and internally contradictory understanding of “Blackness” that makes it largely incompatible with existing media production and consumption paradigms even in online and independent media spaces.
How to Cite
Florini, S. (2018). Transgressive Networks: This Week in Blackness and Resistance through Online Programming. AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, 3. Retrieved from https://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/spir/article/view/9078