Caribes 2.0: New Media, Globalization, and the Afterlives of Disaster (Global Media and Race)
In Caribes 2.0, author Jossianna Arroyo looks at the Caribbean mediasphere in the twenty-first century. Arroyo argues that we have seen a return to tropes such as blackface, brownface, cultural and ethnic stereotypes, and violent representations of the poor, the marginalized, and the racialized. Caribes 2.0 looks at these tropes as well as the work of writers, vloggers, performers, and photographers that have become media figures or have used new media platforms to promote their work and examines how they are challenging and negotiating these media representations. It analyzes contemporary Caribbean cultures to discuss, taste, guides, and actions (social and virtual) that shape Caribbean global communities today. Departing from Edouard Glissant’s insight that “Caribbean reality might not be accessed by remote control” the book considers what types of political and social agencies are created by mediation. Caribes 2.0 deviates from these historical-globalized views of subjected, colonized Caribbean bodies, and their material conditions, to examine the relationship between the local and the global in contemporary Caribbean cultures, and the role that media is playing in the invisibility or hyper-visibilty of Caribbean cultures in the islands and the U.S. diaspora.
Praise for Caribes 2.0: New Media, Globalization, and the Afterlives of Disaster (Global Media and Race)
"Jossianna Arroyo offers a magistral deconstruction of 21st-century forms of necropolitics insidiously wielded via Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and other digital platforms; television; and literary and cinematic production. With sophisticated straightforwardness, Arroyo compels us to critically look at the too-familiar imagery accompanying the invention and reproduction of Caribbean otherness across centuries and nations."
— Odette Casamayor-Cisneros
“Caribes 2.0 offers canny insight into the logics of visibility, performance and politics that blossom in the mediascapes of a globalized Caribe. Refusing easy takes, the book tracks the afterlives of slavery and ongoing anti-Black racism as they morph and reassemble in twenty-first-century Caribbean media. Moving seamlessly between TikTok and Televisa, Santo Domingo and Orlando, Arroyo offers fascinating readings of what 'viral' racial images and outlaw performativity reveal about neoliberal codes for self-making—and their refusal.”
— Rachel Price