Social Media Reflects Social Divisions

July 25, 2009 by Jill Garvey · Comment
Filed under: American Identity, Technology 

Today I participated in a new media panel at the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) annual conference with esteemed experts Edmundo Rocha, Kety Esquivel, and Murray Mann. While we tried to cover a wide range of topics from the basic to the advanced, I found the topic of social divisions continued to come up.

As we seek to navigate rapidly changing technologies and social formations online, there are a few things to consider. Just because we are all communicating from behind computer screens doesn’t mean we are suddenly color blind. In fact, bigotry can flourish and spread online in a way that it never could before. Social networking has not become the great unifying force that some predicted. Studies and frankly a little bit of common sense have shown that between the two major social networking sites, Myspace and Facebook, there are deep cultural, class, and color divides.

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Avoiding Digital Disasters

June 21, 2009 by George Garza · 1 Comment
Filed under: News, Technology 

As of Friday, June 12, 2009 the business has bid adieu to what now is considered an obsolete method of transferring media; analog television broadcasts. This may mean close to nothing for those with cable or satellite, but for our country, it means that our brothers and sisters, friends and grandparents, neighbors and work associates, millions of them have just been cut out of the loop.

Suggesting that society put business aside and take care of mankind first might be asking too much. Instead, consider this; most of the people without cable are the same people without computers and cell phones, which means they rely on easy access media for their news. In the case of a major emergency, i.e. a natural disaster, being left out of the loop can easily prove fatal.

Unacceptable by all standards, but of course, that’s just the way it goes around here.
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Social Networking: A Place for Hate?

May 19, 2009 by Guest Blogger · Comment
Filed under: Culture, Technology 

by Nora Flanagan

In 2000, HBO produced a documentary chronicling the capitalization of the internet’s exponential growth by hate groups in America., narrated by Southern Poverty Law Center founder Morris Dees, exposed hate groups’ online efforts to the wide audience provided by the piece’s frequent broadcast on HBO. Millions of youth, parents, educators and activists gained a better understanding of the power of the web as a recruiting tool for organized bigots.

Since’s 2000 release, internet use has continued to evolve, and hate groups have not been far behind. The explosion of the social networking capacity of the web, often referred to as ‘Web 2.0,’ has been accompanied by organized attempts to expand and recruit for almost every documented hate group in America. In other words, white supremacists are on MySpace, and more than likely, they’d like to be your friend. Read more

Imagine 2050 at NCLR Annual Conference in Chicago

April 21, 2009 by Jill Garvey · Comment
Filed under: Immigration, Technology 

NCLR is bringing their annual conference to Chicago! The conference, representing the largest and most important gathering of the nation’s most influential individuals, organizations, institutions, and companies working with the Hispanic community will be held from July 25-28, 2009 at McCormick Place West in downtown Chicago.

Come join me as I co-present with esteemed online media experts, including Kety Esquivel of NCLR’s, Nezua of The Unapologetic Mexican, Edmundo “XicanoPwr” Rocha of, and Raven Brooks, Executive Director of Netroots Nation.

New media is today’s media! Learn more about how online technology is helping community-based organizations find new ways to reach supporters, activists, volunteers, donors, and others.

Blogs, social networking sites, video and information-sharing websites are no longer just for the internet savvy, they are tools that every community organization and activist should be utilizing. Come learn about how your organization can use these interactive, participatory new media—including blogs, Craigslist, Facebook, action alerts, YouTube, and podcasts.

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Disparity in the Digital Age

February 24, 2009 by Jill Garvey · Comment
Filed under: Technology 

I’m no techie. If that wasn’t clear to me before, it certainly was by the end of a technology conference I attended last week. The keynote speaker for the event whipped out an iphone at one point and showed the crowd his favorite features, shazam and ibeer. As a looked down at my new blackberry curve I felt like a dinosaur and only partly because I don’t know how to use it (blackberries are to iphones as PCs are to Macs by the way).

The speaker then continued to scare me half to death with his sobering survival rates for non-profits that do not invest in technology. Inevitably I started to think about the survival rates for human beings who do not, or I should say, cannot invest in technology. If someone like me who has all the access and opportunity right at her fingertips feels like she is hanging on by her fingernails, what of the billions who have nothing? Read more