What’s Next? Oh Right…My Project!🥴

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Just like Whitley, I need to “Relax, Relate, Release!”. It’s harder than it seems for sure. I was feeling “all over the place” after last week’s class. Honestly, I felt more lost when it came to my topic for my final project instead of moving in the right direction. So far, my topic is “Blackfishing,” which is the modern day “Blackface” in an online setting (specifically Instagram) where women who are not of color manipulate their physical features to appear to be a person of color. As compelling and disturbing this topic is, it’s still too broad. I need to be specific and figure out why a person would do this, what’s the purpose of it, and is there a solution to it? There are a lot of questions to weave through before I get to the root of the problem. (Or the heart of the matter). On the positive side, I do, have a strict plan for structuring the final project. Which is this:

  1. April 9: Gather articles and resources for a basis for finding information about Blackfishing.
  2. By the following week (April 16): Have a collection of notes and information from the articles and resources I have gathered. Also, figure out my specific question and concern about Blackfishing.
  3. April 23: Begin structuring how I’m going to present my final project.
  4. April 30th: Presentation and Showcase Day!

I don’t have much time before April 30th, but I am a hard worker! So I am signing off, and I will see you all next week!

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Hey everyone! So, last week I had the idea of Catfishing, which is using photographs to form a fake identity (persona) for their personal gain, fame, money, identity theft, etc. I wanted to be more specific on a type of Catfishing, which is Blackfishing. Recently, women on who are not of color are posing as women of color on Instagram. Example: Screen Shot 2019-04-03 at 8.23.18 AM

In my last post, I called it “Catfishin with race.” There are a few concerns that come to mind such as the general cultural appropriation, inappropriate, and extremely offensive. After having my one on one meeting about how to be more specific about this topic, I have to get past the shock factor when looking at these images and getting down to the “why” and “purpose” behind Blackfishing. The thoughts I have about identity online in 2019 comes down to how looking at images can cause various forms of identity concerns, misconceptions, and misguidedness. In my last post, I also talked about how you can’t switch off and on your skin color or facial features. Being born black is something deeper than skin color and big hips. Another concern I had about Blackfishing is when a young girl of color scrolls through their Instagram feed, what would they think or how would they feel when they discover that who they saw on Instagram is fake.

There is still a lot I have to think about for next week and to narrow down exactly what I want to say. (The internet in 2019, truth versus fake, identity and online, specific argumentation, problem and solution, the modern “Blackface” and how does that play a part, consequences of Blackfishing, racist myths, technology, come up with a specific question and concern, risks, what’s the endgame?, mainstreaming racist culture, etc.) So as you can see, I dipped into a deep pool with this topic, and I am hoping I did not get too ahead of myself.

I think what I need to do to find what my question, concern, and solution will be; I have to do my homework. By researching this topic and finding out more about what others have to say about it, then I’ll be able to focus on a more specific concern. I have a lot of articles to grab research from, and I’m hoping to find more on this topic. That is where I am going to start my research. As far as how I’m going to represent it as a conversation between my alchemist mentor and me but I will figure out that part too!

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