Social Media Reflects Social Divisions

July 25, 2009 by Jill Garvey · Comment
Filed under: American Identity 

Today I participated in a new media panel at the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) annual conference with esteemed experts Edmundo Rocha, Kety Esquivel, and Murray Mann. While we tried to cover a wide range of topics from the basic to the advanced, I found the topic of social divisions continued to come up.

As we seek to navigate rapidly changing technologies and social formations online, there are a few things to consider. Just because we are all communicating from behind computer screens doesn’t mean we are suddenly color blind. In fact, bigotry can flourish and spread online in a way that it never could before. Social networking has not become the great unifying force that some predicted. Studies and frankly a little bit of common sense have shown that between the two major social networking sites, Myspace and Facebook, there are deep cultural, class, and color divides.

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Imagine 2050 at NCLR Annual Conference in Chicago

April 21, 2009 by Jill Garvey · Comment
Filed under: Immigration 

NCLR is bringing their annual conference to Chicago! The conference, representing the largest and most important gathering of the nation’s most influential individuals, organizations, institutions, and companies working with the Hispanic community will be held from July 25-28, 2009 at McCormick Place West in downtown Chicago.

Come join me as I co-present with esteemed online media experts, including Kety Esquivel of NCLR’s, Nezua of The Unapologetic Mexican, Edmundo “XicanoPwr” Rocha of, and Raven Brooks, Executive Director of Netroots Nation.

New media is today’s media! Learn more about how online technology is helping community-based organizations find new ways to reach supporters, activists, volunteers, donors, and others.

Blogs, social networking sites, video and information-sharing websites are no longer just for the internet savvy, they are tools that every community organization and activist should be utilizing. Come learn about how your organization can use these interactive, participatory new media—including blogs, Craigslist, Facebook, action alerts, YouTube, and podcasts.

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