The Digital Street has come to define the interactions and communication among African American teens offline that transitions to an online space. One clear example is the number of fights that take place in the inner city and other urban neighborhoods that are uploaded to social media channels such as Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter.
Dr. Jeffery Lane from Rutgers University is the authority on the Digital Streets. He is an urban ethnographer who writes about communication and community in the life of the inner city. His research integrates face-to-face and digital fieldwork to understand how interpersonal relations and ties between people and institutions unfold over time.
The Digital Street is the title and subject of his forthcoming book with Oxford University Press on the networked communication that brokers street life. The project draws on nearly five years of ethnographic research on- and offline in Harlem with a set of teenagers and the adults concerned about them.
On this episode of the Digital Parent podcast. Dr. Lane discusses how street life played out on social media has led to an increase of police surveillance of young African American males. We discuss how teens use weapons and violence to uphold the Code of the Streets. This street code now takes place online. Jefferey and I discussed some of the following topics:
Some Questions I Asked About The Digital Streets:
- Why Are Teens Uploading Fight Videos Online?
- How Are Inner City At Risk Youth using Social Media?
- Why are Teens Accepting Friend Requests from Strangers?
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- How The Community Can Set Up Twitter Alerts to Stop Violence
- How Girls Use Twitter to Screen Out Potential Romantic Partners
- Why Some African American At Risk Youth Use Weapons on Social Media for Protection
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