Black People : Social networking and racial unity for Blacks

Ikoro

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This topic will be familiar to some. Am posting/quoting parts of a nice article here.
“Social Networking to Achieve Racial Unity” by Dr. B.B. Robinson

"While I’ve supported a far less radical and more free market version of black nation-building than the New Black Panther Party, I realize that, for many reasons, nation formation in the traditional sense is a difficult and unlikely prospect today.
(...)
A social network for black Americans is a real possibility, and it would allow our “nation within a nation” to be connected in ways never before possible. We could all actually be on one page at the same time — and support each other for optimal impact on issues and concerns that face us all.
The question now is: who’s going to create black America’s online meeting room?"

Full article here.

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A social network for black Americans is a real possibility, and it would allow our “nation within a nation” to be connected in ways never before possible. We could all actually be on one page at the same time — and support each other for optimal impact on issues and concerns that face us all.
The question now is: who’s going to create black America’s online meeting room?"
the decentralized nature of the current trends in technology means that it is not necessary to create an online meeting room.. Twitter already has.. and so has facebook.. and Gmail.. and youtube.. etc.. those services are free and transparent.. they have no content of their own.. the idea that we should have a Black America Online is outdated and technologically uninformed.. we don't need a Black intermet.. or a black computer.. or a black phone to effectively organize and act. The technology that makes it possible for services like Twitter and Facebook to exist is publicly available for everyone to use.. those technologies are as accessible now as the home telephone.. The question now is this: NOW THAT WE ARE ALL CONNECTED, WHAT DO WE DO?and that really is an old question.. because we've been connected now for a good 10 years.. and what have we, on any large scale, done with the technology?
 

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the decentralized nature of the current trends in technology means that it is not necessary to create an online meeting room.. Twitter already has.. and so has facebook.. and Gmail.. and youtube.. etc.. those services are free and transparent.. they have no content of their own.. the idea that we should have a Black America Online is outdated and technologically uninformed.. we don't need a Black intermet.. or a black computer.. or a black phone to effectively organize and act. The technology that makes it possible for services like Twitter and Facebook to exist is publicly available for everyone to use.. those technologies are as accessible now as the home telephone.. The question now is this: NOW THAT WE ARE ALL CONNECTED, WHAT DO WE DO?and that really is an old question.. because we've been connected now for a good 10 years.. and what have we, on any large scale, done with the technology?
I do like the idea of ownership of some portion of the infrastructure.
I also like the idea of technologies developed by Nubians for Nubians. Not that it can't be used by others, but technology has been about solving problems.
Also, the productivity within such spheres can offer profit and employment opportunities that are frequently needed.
 

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I do like the idea of ownership of some portion of the infrastructure.
I also like the idea of technologies developed by Nubians for Nubians. Not that it can't be used by others, but technology has been about solving problems.
Also, the productivity within such spheres can offer profit and employment opportunities that are frequently needed.
of course.. as an idea it's easy to like.. but practically speaking it doesn't make very much sense.. Any more than the idea that we need to own the cellphone towers that connect our phone calls. These internet technologies exist on that same fundamental level. They are nearly as transparent as the telephone network. Internet technologies are nothing more than vehicles that make it possible for us to connect, coordinate and organize on a global scale. But it's useless without the will to connect, coordinate and organize.. We now have the equivalent of our own TV networks.. Radio Stations.. Newspapers.. Publishing houses.. department stores.. etc.. the internet puts all of those things within our reach.. but, again, it's useless without the mentality to use it toward changing our overall condition versus just entertaining ourselves.. Youtube video streaming technologies are a powerful tool... video cameras are dirt cheap.. computers are dirt cheap.. we can produce books in PDF form and print the up.. or just distribute them digitally.. we can make recordings and stream them across the planet.. and the distributed nature of the internet makes it impossible for any central authority to stop it.. you simply move locations.. and resume your activities.. but even with all of this power.. this unparalleled access to information.. this access to each other.. even with all of this, you still hear black folks talking about how powerless they are.. how muted their presence is in the mainstream.. they fail to see that their are several other streams to swim in..
 

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of course.. as an idea it's easy to like.. but practically speaking it doesn't make very much sense.. Any more than the idea that we need to own the cellphone towers that connect our phone calls. These internet technologies exist on that same fundamental level. They are nearly as transparent as the telephone network. Internet technologies are nothing more than vehicles that make it possible for us to connect, coordinate and organize on a global scale. But it's useless without the will to connect, coordinate and organize.. We now have the equivalent of our own TV networks.. Radio Stations.. Newspapers.. Publishing houses.. department stores.. etc.. the internet puts all of those things within our reach.. but, again, it's useless without the mentality to use it toward changing our overall condition versus just entertaining ourselves.. Youtube video streaming technologies are a powerful tool... video cameras are dirt cheap.. computers are dirt cheap.. we can produce books in PDF form and print the up.. or just distribute them digitally.. we can make recordings and stream them across the planet.. and the distributed nature of the internet makes it impossible for any central authority to stop it.. you simply move locations.. and resume your activities.. but even with all of this power.. this unparalleled access to information.. this access to each other.. even with all of this, you still hear black folks talking about how powerless they are.. how muted their presence is in the mainstream.. they fail to see that their are several other streams to swim in..
I will disagree to a small point, but for the remainder of your post, I do concur.

Ownership and control is the name of the game.
To give an example, because the American colonists did not trust the British mail system, individuals such as Paul Revere rode to create the colonists own delivery system for messages.

Private systems can be very important and necessary.
The purpose of the ownership and control is also for learning, profit-making, and job creation.

Also, if the distribution mediums and channels are controlled by others, it all can be easily shutdown. The US Government is already floating the proposal of an Internet kill switch if you will. You'll want to develop alternative means and avenues of communication channels.
 
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