Tech Tuesday: Racial Avatars, Online Inequity, Gadgets



The Internet has a reputation for being a great democratizer; private information, public forums, cat videos– it’s all at our fingertips. But this hour we’ll talk to an author who is worried that private companies and commercialization are replacing freedom and individuality. We’ll also hear about a troubling new study about video games and racial stereotypes.


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  • M

    They should call this show “Softball with Ann Fisher”. Bushman’s methodologies are notoriously and shamefully unsound. They miraculously validate his pro-censorship agenda nearly 100% of the time, a fact which would make any self-respecting scientist go back to the drawing board. This is not science, this is pure hackery.

    • Will

      I think we must go further and wonder if Bushman is not himself the racist he seeks. According to him, agreement with the statement “if black people worked harder they’d be better off” represents an example of explicit racism. Yet logically, the underlying statement is nothing more than a truism relating to input & output. Consider, e.g., “if the Columbus Blue Jackets work harder, they will do better in the playoffs.” There is nothing offensive here, nor is it particularly enlightening. It goes without saying that any person or group who works harder will gain through their additional effort. Yet Bushman holds this truth to be somehow inapplicable to a group of people he designates by race. There are only two possible explanations. Either he believes that the work of black folk is a subject so taboo that anyone who broaches the topic must be a racist, or he actually thinks that African-Americans somehow do not realize gain from their effort. Either way, there is a disturbingly racist predicate to his thinking.