Race and the Digital: Racial Formation and 21st Century Technologies

Youtube Description and Statistical Data

What exactly is Youtube?

As previously mentioned, Youtube is a platform where the generated and shared content is video. Anyone with internet access can use it to search for a video of anything they want, be it help on math homework or even funny cat videos. Youtube is a very simple site to navigate through, whether its on a computer or smartphone. All someone has to do is type in what they're looking for in the search bar. And if a person doesn't exactly know what they want to watch, then they could browse through "what's trending" or the subsections such as music, sports, news, etc. The content that is available caters to any user; because of all the categories, the intended user can be anyone and everyone.Overall, Youtube has a simple format and structure that even children as young as 3 years old are able to use it. I know this to be true because my 3 year old niece uses a smartphone to browse through Youtube to find videos that entertain her.

Computer and Internet Use in The United States: Population Characteristics

data set is titled Household Internet Use by Race and Ethnicity, Education, and Age. It provides data from 2000-2011 and divided into the three categories: Race and Ethnicity, Educational Attainment, and Age. Underneath each category is the Total number of households and percent of households with Internet use. This allows for the further subdivision of data. There are two columns under each heading, the one on the left is the total number of households with internet use in the thousands and the right one is the percentage. The way this table is organized breaks down categories so whoever looks at this table can search for a certain level based on the category. For Race and Ethnicity, the table is sub-categorized by White alone-non Hispanic, Black alone, Asian alone, and Hispanic. Educational Attainment is further categorized by Less than high school, High School degree, Some college, and Bachelor's Degree or more. Finally, age is divided by Under 35 years, 35-44 years, 45-55 years, and 55 years and older. This data set informs who has access to the internet. For instance, blacks (56.9%) and Hispanics (58.3%) are less likely to have internet at home in comparison to Asians (82.7%) and whites (76.2%). Also, as education grows, household are more likely to have internet; the percentage increases by each level: 36.9%, 61.2%, 77.3% 89.9%. It is evident that such factors can determine who has access to the internet.

Digital Differences

From this research I chose a data set that I believe is significant in describing the digital divide's role in internet use. It is a table: Cellphone activities by race/ethnicity. The three race categories are White, non Hispanic, Black, non Hispanic, and Hispanic. To differentiate what they use their cellphones for, they chose out of a number of categories such as: Send or receive text messages, take a picture, access the internet, send a photo or video to someone, send or receive email, download an app, play a game, play music, record a video, access a social networking site, watch a video, post a photo or video online, check bank balance or do online banking, and participate in a video call or video chat. The presented numbers represent the activities of these users in percentages. For both access a social networking site and watch a video Anglos, Blacks, and Hispanics used their cell phones: (25%, 39%, 35%), (21%, 33%, 39%) respectively. 

Five findings about digital video news

This graph is titled: Young, Educated, Affluent Most Likely to Watch Online News Video. This is a bar graph presenting percentages of who is most likely to watch news videos based on age, income, and educational attainment. Age is divided into 18-29, 30-49, 50-64, and 65+. Income is then divided into: $30,000 or less, $30-49,000, $50-74,999, $75,000 or more. Finally, educational attainment is divided into: H.S grad or less, Some college, and College or Grad degree. This data set is significant because it breaks down who is most likely to watch online videos, (i.e Youtube). Case in point, the graph is titled correctly because 90% of 18-29 year olds, 83% of those who earn $75k+, and 80% those with a college or grad degree watch online videos.

5 facts about online video, for YouTube’s 10th birthday

This "data set" isn't really a data set, but it is a gathering of information that pinpoints how minorities interact with Youtube. What this data states is that young adults and people of color are most likely to use Youtube. In 2014, 82% of 18-29 year olds used Youtube. Another trend this data highlighted was that blacks and Hispanics, 76% and 74% respectively, were more likely to use Youtube instead of whites who were at a 57%. This information connects with the other data sets due to the fact that minorities use the internet for non-educational reasons.

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