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Facebook & the BNP

by Ben Pitcher
5 Aug 2007 • Comments (2) • Print
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Before rehearsing those wonderfully myopic arguments about the internet as a space of unlimited freedoms beyond censorship, it’s worth bearing in mind the corporate nature of social networking sites like Facebook. Though you might not consider the ethics of corporate responsibility to be at the cutting edge of anti-racist politics today, surely it’s essential to take a clear position in these new media culture wars. There’s an email petition here.

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Ben Pitcher writes about race, politics and popular culture. He teaches sociology at the University of Westminster, UK.
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2 Responses »

  1. Facebook (alongside) other social networking sites (such as YouTube) are also dogged with racist postings.

    There’s a bizzare group in Facebook as recently reported in black information link (blink):

    …The 17-year-old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York sparked outrage after joining a group set up by one of her friends called “Tassilo is a Spearchucker.” The description of the group is given as: “For all those who believe Tassilo Bismarck is a black.”

    Tassilo Bismarck, 18, who is white and a descendant of the 19th century German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, is one of the 412 friends the Queen’s granddaughter, who is sixth in line to the throne, has listed on the popular friendship site…

    Eugenie in row over “racist” Facebook entry

  2. There’s an update on the facebook petition here

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