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Farhad Manjoo writes about how black people use Twitter, and, more specifically, the prevalence of black-created hashtags on the site: Black people—specifically, young black people—do seem to use Twitter differently from everyone else on the service. They form tighter clusters on the network—they follow one another more readily, they retweet each other more often, and Read More

Actually, the criticisms have been building for the last few years, but now it seems that everyone this week is talking about Facebook. The New York Times has created an excellent graphic — as per usual — illustrating all of the steps FB users must take to access and manage their privacy settings (click the Read More

Via Business Insider via TNC, we learn that Twitter is used disproportionately by black folks. Twenty-percent of Twitter users are black; about 13% of the U.S. population is. BI tries to suss out some reasons why that may be the case. Black people (and Hispanics) are much more likely to access the Internet from mobile Read More

Baratunde Thurston of JJP on black Internet habits and the digital divide:

Believe it or not, I’ve been known to be a jackass. Ask anyone who had the misfortune of knowing me in college. Or a couple years ago. I really hope President Obama isn’t asked about it anytime soon: Anyway, lots of things have happened since our last Monday roundup. Here’s a few of them, a Read More

So where do we go from here? President Obama has been portrayed as a monkey, witch doctor, various types of pimps and now The Joker. Certainly, there’s more variations on this general theme. But I really want to know, what’s the endgame? Is this supposed to advance some principled political opposition? Or merely “to get their country back”?: As always Read More

I was given a Little Mermaid singbook as a gift once. It came with an electronic side panel attached to the book’s binding and adorned with vertical images and buttons, so that I could turn the pages and press the buttons that corresponded to the illustrations in the text. All of this made reading fairly Read More

SWPL’s Landler, from Heeb. Christian Lander, the guy behind Stuff White People Like, recently got a $300,000 book deal from Random House. The book is due out in August. We’re not sure what that means, really. Just throwing it out there.

Discussions of class differences among black people invariably become about how the educated and privileged are morally upstanding and how those who aren’t flawed and embarassing. Even when it’s toungue-in-cheek. So if we were ambivalent about StuffWhitePeopleLike, we’re positively cringing at this site. UPDATE: We’re not alone. Racialicious‘s Latoya Peterson noted the weirdness in the Read More