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Thursday, April 12 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Poster Session F #08 Postcolonial Literacy in the Age of Social Media

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In his book, The Darker Side of the Renaissance, Walter Mignolo argues that the colonization of literacy happened mainly because indigenous people did not have a written alphabet as the Europeans did. The recent use of social media has led to new forms of literacy and new forms of communication. This project asks: Has social media literacy has become a new form of colonization?

We collected data from social media including memes, advertisements, and images. Then, we used a rubric inspired by Migonolo's book to measure whether a document is oppressive. We measured each document on specific categories, like identity, voice, and space to determine to what degree the document exerted colonial power and why.

Thursday April 12, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Ballroom 1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
  Social, SMART Program Showcase