What Does Your Twitter Say About You? Are You A Musical Segregationist or Integrationist?

Ever since discovering that more Black people are on Twitter than any other ethnic group some time ago, I have found Twitter to be more intriguing than before. My fascination first piqued once it became evident that I could chat in real time with some of my favorite artists. Then my interest grew once several of my Twitter friends live-tweeted programs that we all shared an interest in. But I honestly didn't begin to notice that most of my friends on Twitter share my same ethnicity until there began to be Twitter rants against Blacks. That certainly caught my attention. Even more interesting--and hilarious--was that certain white people were attempting to come up with theories as to what we we were talking about, why were we talking about those things, and even what time of day we were talking about it. It seemed like the great social experiment was getting way deeper than we all had expected. 

I'm particularly interested in how Twitter's racial segregation has led to the reinforcement of musical preferences. I like a very eclectic mix of music, but I would be an idiot to even open my mouth to say that the people I surround myself with and the people I follow on Twitter don't share the same Afrocentric mindset that I do. I am curious as to whether we can all take an earnest look at ourselves and examine whether our cultural mindsets are so set that we are only willing to let that which is tried, true, and trusted into our social spheres. I'm beginning to think that my boasting that my tastes are so varied is not as factual as I first thought. That being said, I'm interested in knowing if your Twittersphere and musical sphere are as varied as you might think. Leave your thoughts in the comments. 

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3 Responses

  1. Truth be told Mami, I'm not on there much. I have ppl following me and have no clue who the hell they are. lol. I don't think any of us is ever as "open and accepting" as we'd like to believe. We all have limits and boundaries. Sometimes they keep out the bad stuff, but often the good stuff is locked out as well.
    I don't know that there is a solution. If the music/artist seems interesting or unique, I'm willing to give them a try. I'm curious in that way, but I'm sure that for every 1 thing that piques my interest, there are 100 things that don't.
    That's just the way life works.

  2. More posts like this.
    The average user on Twitter is an AFrican American woman around 30 who makes under $30,000. Sure, African American women are early adopters of technology but I think it has to do with the industries we're employed in. Many of us work in front of computers. It makes sense that a chat client like Twitter which allows real-time chat w/o a necessary time-based response, would be useful for "knowledge workers" (or assistants). So take those women (and increasingly men) add their musical influences, and one can have a very Afri-centered cultural experience on Twitter.

  3. Those statistics are stating that that 26% of all black adults online use Twitter, not that 26% of all Twitter uses are black; it puts a different slant on your article. I'm almost certain that Twitter is largely populated by white people, remembering that there are many non-U.S. (European) users as well.
    I follow quite a few (black) musical artists myself, but I'm not sure that I follow mostly black people; and the white artists I like seem harder to find. As far as my followers, they are overwhemingly white; but my tweets range from mostly (mobile) tech, to music, to plain randomness.


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