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SXSW Interactive 2015

The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter II

In this dual conversation between an American and Africana Studies Scholar, Digital Strategist and upcoming author of "The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter," Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis aka @DrGoddess, with Journalist and Journalism Educator, @MeredithClark, who is presently wrapping up her dissertation on "Black Twitter," a serious, fun and focused interrogation of the arc of Black Twitter will occur. While both panelists have an academic background, they each bring Northern and Southern sensibilities, a history of cultural criticism as well as journalistic integrity, digital engagement and social media expertise to the fore. They will discuss the mainstream media's obsession with "Black Twitter," since 2009, various ways in which the community has been truncated and misrepresented, as well as the longstanding tradition of forthright Black assertion in public spaces. @DrGoddess gave the first (and solo) presentation on Black Twitter in 2012 and @MeredithClark served on a panel in 2013.

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  1. What is behind the mainstream media fascination and obsession with "Black Twitter, from 2009 - 2015?"
  2. How can "Black Twitter" use its online awesome to affect offline results in an even more strategic manner, socially, politically and economically?
  3. Does Twitter have a responsibility, as a public company, to hire Black people because of the user-engagement of "Black Twitter?" What about in terms of advertising dollars and Social TV?
  4. In what ways has the academy engaged the social phenomenon that we know as "Black Twitter?" What do scholars of various fields (History, Sociology, Journalism, American Studies, Black Studies, Women's Studies and the Digital Humanities) have to share on this topic?
  5. How has "Black Twitter" further shaped and harnessed its own sense of community and continued to assert itself, unabashedly, even under the watchful and excited eyes of the global public?



Dr. Goddess Ellis, CEO, Dr. Goddess Arts, Education and Management

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Social and Relationships
  • Level: Advanced
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