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Can The Afrosphere Survive the Age of Obama?


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In the new Age of Obama, will an "afro-centric web" begin to fade into, simply, "the web"?

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Can The Afrosphere Survive the Age of Obama?

  1. Can the Afrosphere Survive the Age of Obama?
  2. What this all about? <ul><li>In the new &quot;Age of Obama&quot;, will an afro-centric web begin to fade into, simply, &quot;the web&quot;? </li></ul>
  3. Origins <ul><li>NY Times Magazine article: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Is Obama the Death of Black Politics?” </li></ul>
  4. Brief Chronology <ul><li>1993 - the web begins to move into the mainstream </li></ul><ul><li>1995 - the term &quot;digital divide&quot; was coined to describe &quot;a binary divide between the computer and internet haves and have nots&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>1995 - and launched </li></ul><ul><li>1999 - is launched </li></ul>
  5. Brief Chronology <ul><li>2001 - launched </li></ul><ul><li>2004 - Barack Obama keynote address rocks the Democratic National Convention </li></ul><ul><li>2005 - &quot;Blogging While Black&quot; panel at sxswi </li></ul><ul><li>2006 - &quot;Blogging While Black Revisited” panel at sxswi </li></ul>
  6. Brief Chronology <ul><li>2007 - &quot;Bridging the Online Cultural Divide&quot; and &quot;The Digital Ethnorati&quot; panels at sxswi </li></ul><ul><li>2007 - launched </li></ul><ul><li>2008 - Barack Obama elected President </li></ul><ul><li>2008 - Blackbird browser released </li></ul><ul><li>2009 - &quot;Can the Afrosphere Survive the Age of Obama&quot; and “Social Media End Racism&quot; panels at sxswi </li></ul>
  7. Goal <ul><li>Start a conversation </li></ul>
  8. Questions for us? <ul><li>Send questions to @afrospheresxsw (we’ll monitor them and work them in) </li></ul><ul><li>Hashtag: #afrospheresxsw </li></ul>
  9. <ul><li>The End? </li></ul><ul><li>If you want to talk more, we’ll be outside in seating area by the windows in the corner by the rotunda. </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks for coming and participating! </li></ul>