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    Black People Blog More Than Whites, Hispanics
    By News Staff | April 5th 2012 02:14 PM | 3 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
    Despite claims that there is not enough diversity in anonymous, voluntary efforts, it often comes down to choice.  Women are not discriminated against on Wikipedia, though more men do it, and white people are not prevented from blogging just because more black people do it.  

    Black people, nee African-Americans in American sociology papers, are more likely to blog than their white and Hispanic counterparts, according to surveys analyzed by a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley - one and a half times to nearly twice as much as whites.

    "Blacks consume less online content, but once online, are more likely to produce it," said the study's author, Jen Schradie, a doctoral candidate in sociology at U.C. Berkeley.


    Yet there can't be a sociology paper if there isn't a claim about a lack of diversity. There is still a 'digital divide', says the author, because only more educated people do it and fewer black people have college degrees and own fewer laptops.

    Schradie looked at data from more than 40,000 Americans surveyed between 2002 and 2008 for the Pew Internet and American Life Project, which tracks Internet use and social media trends. Schradie's latest paper is a follow up to a 2011 study in which she found a "digital divide" among online content producers based on education and socio-economic status- on average, about 10 percent of blacks are likely to blog, compared to 6 percent of whites, according to surveys taken during that seven-year period. And that figure steadily rose, with 17 percent of blacks likely to blog in 2008, compared to 9 percent of whites. White people read more but black people create more.

    During that period, free online blogging platforms such as Blogger and WordPress were widely available to the public. Today, blogs have been eclipsed by micro-blogging tools like Twitter and Facebook but blogs continue to populate the digital landscape at a steady rate, the study notes.

    The study did actually analyze why African Americans blog at higher rates than whites and Hispanics, but speculated anyway: "Perhaps, African Americans, who have been marginalized from the mainstream news media, now have a platform for participation and are more likely to blog."


    That makes no sense to people on the right part of the political spectrum, since they are far more disenfranchised than blacks in mainstream media yet blog less.

    One group, ColorOfChange.org, went further and tried to claim that social media are popular among blacks because they are a natural extension of the word-of-mouth communication traditions used in African American communities. In other words, there are scientifically no races but one race is still genetically inclined to like blogging 200 years after leaving Africa.

    "Ultimately, the study shows that class inequality is perpetuating the digital divide in social media," Schradie said. "Race matters, but not the way we think it does."


    Maybe white people need some blogging outreach.

    Publish in Information, Communication&Society.

    Comments

    Wow, what an amateur piece this is. Try keeping your profound "insights" out of your journalism. Or if professionalism is beyond the scope of the News Staff's abilities, then at least stop the pathetically insinuative presumptions and illogically inane analyses. To spell it out for you, here's an example.

    "One group, ColorOfChange.org, went further and tried to claim that social media are popular among blacks because they are a natural extension of the word-of-mouth communication traditions used in African American communities. In other words, there are scientifically no races but one race is still genetically inclined to like blogging 200 years after leaving Africa" -- right, because your ideological opponents lack the ability to understand that culture exists and are, therefore, hypocritical. Or perhaps, more likely, you are so blinded by your biases that you can't even acknowledge the mere possibility that different subsets Americans have different customs. Or perhaps, most likely, you were just trying to ridicule those you disagree with and hope nobody caught your logical fallacies. Unfortunately, my friends, most readers on the Internet have cognitive abilities beyond those of 1st graders, and so your site is not posed well to impress.

    I'm mostly just amazed that Google News listed this: this site is just embarrassing.

    Certain people are more inclined to let a handful of right wing talk show hosts do the thinking
    for them.

    Bonny Bonobo alias Brat
    Women are not discriminated against on Wikipedia, though more men do it, and white people are not prevented from blogging just because more black people do it.   
    Well News Staff, if you read the Science20 article called 'Is Wikipedia Sexist?' I think you will find that many of those relatively few women who do make Wiki entries, and some of whom also made comments there on that blog, until the abilty to make comments was shut off, do feel discriminated against on Wikipedia and to claim that white people are not being prevented from blogging just because 'more black people do it' is also very misleading.

    The study mentioned in this article shows that proportionally, a lot less black and hispanic people have quality access to the internet than do white people in America because of economic disadvantages, but that these relatively much fewer blacks that do have quality internet access are then 1 and a 1/2 times more likely to blog than their equally economically and technology privileged white equivalents. 

    This other 2009 study also in the Information, Communication&Society, examined the effects of digital inequality on economically disadvantaged American youth. It claimed that :-
    20–35 percent of individuals in developed societies are still ‘excluded’ from new media resources. This is certainly true in the United States where a significant percentage of the American population does not yet have even ‘occasional’ access to internet technologies (Pew Internet andAmerican Life Project 2008). 
    According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project’s 2008 report on the demographics of American internet users 'only 53 percent of individuals from households with less than $30K annual income, 63 percent of rural populations, 44 percent of individuals with the lowest levels of educational attainment, and 35 percent of those 65 and over use the internet‘ at least occasionally’. This subsequent study of disadvantaged American youths employs :-
    multiple-method analysis of digital inequality among economically disadvantaged youth in an agricultural belt in California. Respondents are ethnically and economically diverse. Latinos, African-Americans, Filipino Americans, and whites comprise 82 percent, 2 percent, 3 percent, and 9 percent of the population, respectively. Sixty-four percent of respondents qualify for free lunch, indicating that the most economically disadvantaged come from families with incomes falling below federal poverty measures. 
    So to claim that 'blacks blog more than whites and Hispanics' in America is therefore completely misleading.
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