Wo aber Gefahr ist, wächst
Das Rettende auch.
Where there is danger,
The rescue grows as well.
“Hyperconnectivity enables sexism to multiply on the web—but it can also be the solution to fight it” thus becomes Penelope Kemekenidou’s main thesis: “New technologies,” she states, “open up new spaces of empathetic interaction.”5Ben Brucato is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a former postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College. His article explores the use of digital cameras by citizens to record police violence. This view from below (in terms of power hierarchy) is called ‘sousveillance’ to distinguish it from the top-down perspective of surveillance. Brucato cautions that while many activists see sousveillance as an effective means of preventing police violence, those who grab their cameras may ignore the immediate needs of victims to provide images to a virtual community too far removed to be of much help. 6Curd Knüpfer holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and works as a lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the John F. Kennedy Institute (JFKI) of the Freie Universität Berlin. In his article „Words Left Unspoken: The External Forces Shaping Online Discourse” Knüpfer argues that the speech environments we encounter in our daily online interactions do not take place in an ephemeral (cyber)space devoid of power relations. He explores the forces that shape them and illuminates how online content comes to reflect deep-seeded power dynamics within US culture, Western societies, as well as transnational politics. 7The editors of the American Studies Journal trust that these articles will add further insights into one of the most important debates in present-day Western societies: In what way do the internet-based new social media change individual lives, alter social interaction, and endanger both privacy and human dignity.
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