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Social Justice. Media. Change. with Vernon Wall & Paul Brown
Understand five key concepts of social justice and how they may play out online and off.
Joining up.. In relation to issues of inclusion, diversity and social justice: What concerns you? What excites you? How does social media play into this?
a common language… diversity multiculturalism social justice
What is Social Justice?
A Process and A Goal "The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure." Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook. Edited by Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, and Pat Griffin.
What is Social Media?
A Tool and A Context
Your online and offline lives are inextricable intertwined.
5 the path to competence… Key Concepts…
1 Individual Identity and Group Membership
digital footprints follow us.
We even have digital stamps FROM THE WOMB!
online you can be whomever you want to be.
Others Ableness Race Class BIG 8 Gender Sexual Nationality Orientation Age Religion Privileged and Marginalized Groups
Dominant and Subordinated Group Patterns Have access to power Need access to power Make the rules, decisions Adapt to rules, decisions Control the resources Need access to resources Define the organizational culture Work to assimilate and fit in to dominant culture Fit into organizational culture Feel out of place Assumed capable Often assumed to be deficient Assumed to belong Viewed as outsiders Approached Suspected Seen as normal Seen as special exception Given the benefit of the doubt Have to earn benefit of doubt Often less aware of differential treatment Often very aware of differential treatment Focus: How far we’ve come Focus: How far we need to go…
Race Others Class What are some of the patterns/ noticings that are present in your inventory? Ableness Identities I’m most conscious of… Gender Identities I’m least conscious of… Where do you struggle? Nationality Age Religion Sexual Orientation
Equal is not necessarily Equitable Equal = Equitable
intent v. impact
You might “STEP IN IT” @paulgordonbrown
We all have multiple group memberships. intersectionality
We no longer exist as playwrights or actors but as terminals of multiple networks. -Baudrillard (Baudrillard, 1987/2012, p. 23)
The online proﬁle “is and is not the user.” a “rupture” or “a series of decisive far-reaching breaks from the past” (Martínez Alemán & Lynk Wartman, 2009, p. 23) (Bloland, 2005, p. 125) BLURRY HYBRIDIZED SATURATED “singularity… a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be (Kurzweil, 2005) irreversibly transformed” an “implosion” or a collapse of boundaries (Baudrillard, 1981/1995)
Social Justice If you want peace work for justice. Paul 6 • Personal work • Dialogue & skill building • Action
From this point, what is “your work”? Where do you struggle? What do you need to do to continue to grow in this area?
How do we engage each other in these conversations in online and digital spaces?
Just because you use social media doesn’t mean you know how to use it well.
Conversations… • What resonated with you from these comments? Connections, Reactions, Thoughts . . . • What do you believe are characteristics of a caring and supportive community? How does this look online? • What can you personally do to make sure that those around you feel that they "matter"? • Based on these comments, what is one thing that you will start doing, one thing that you will stop doing and one thing that you will continue doing in order to make the Longwood campus a welcoming place for all?
Those committed to social justice… • Have done personal work on subordinated and dominant identities that are not their “primary” ones. • Recognize their strengths and “learning edges.” • Know that culture and identity impact all that we do. • Are humble. • Acknowledge “gradual growth” in others. • Are not afraid to apologize or say: “I don’t know.” • Know that the word “ally” is an adjective/verb - not a noun. • Believe that there is hope and that we each can make a difference. Vernon A. Wall, 2009
Those committed to social media justice… • Recognize that knowing how to use social media and knowing how to use it well are two different things. • Are constantly listening, learning and connecting • Understand that the online is temporal and ambiguous • Are humble and open. • Understand what is best accomplished online and what is best accomplished offline • Use social media to lift up others • Believe that social media can create meaningful change
Diverse Community Foundations • • • • • • • • • • • • • Communities are built through building relationships of trust and commitment. We all are doing the best we can (most of the time) We don’t know all there is to know. Just because you are, doesn’t mean you understand. Oppression is pervasive and impacts us all. Not our faults, but we must accept responsibility. Conflict and discomfort are often part of growth. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Practice some forgiveness and letting go. Self-work, healing and self love are necessary for acceptance of others. There are no quick fixes. Individuals and communities do grow and change. There is HOPE! Rev. Jamie Washington, Ph.D. 2003
Review • Individual Identity and group membership are always present. • Think about who you want to be online. Know how others may try to define you. • We all have dominant and subordinated identity groups. We also have multiple group memberships. • Think about social media as both a tool and a context. You are entering into communities. • Equal is not necessarily equitable.
Review • Intent vs. Impact • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, but acknowledge them and move forward. • We all have multiple group memberships. Intersectionality. • The online and offline space makes this even blurrier.
The power of social media is it forces necessary change. -Erik Qualman
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
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