Last week we talked a bit about fear and cyberspace technologies. In the mid to late 1990's it was not uncommon for studies to report that African Americans' slow adoption of computing and the Internet was related to a fear of Big Brother among other things. Specifically many believed that computers and the Internet were apart of a federal surveillance campaign to collect vital information about their private lives. I think it's important to consider the histories and relationships of various communities within face-to-face communicative contexts as these experiences and perceptions are often transferred into the virtual world.
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*Kretchmer, S. B., & Carveth, R. (2001). The color of the net ; african americans, race an cyberspace. Computers & Society, 31(3), 9-14.
*Marriott, M., & Brant, M. (1995). CyberSoul not found. Newsweek.,126,(Jul 31),62-63 .