Episode 162: Black Cybercultures w/ Dr. Andre Brock Jr.

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne welcome Dr. André L. Brock, Jr., an associate professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech University. During their conversation, Dr. Brock provides insight into his research on Black cyber cultures (24:45) and how his background in rhetoric sparked his ground breaking research on Black Twitter (27:30). Dr. Brock then sheds light on the process and ethics of conducting digital research (29:30). Next, they discuss key topics and themes in his book, Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures (39:40). They close the interview by having a conversation about digital Blackface and capturing Blackness online (58:55), respectability politics and ratchetry in online spaces (1:03:55), Dr. Brock’s research on racial representations in video games (1:12:00), and the relationship between politics and Black cyber culture (1:17:38).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne

6:45 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

21:45 - Introduction of Today’s Topic

24:20 - Learn More about Dr. Brock

1:25:10 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview


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