The Buzz Over 'Black Twitter'

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In recent months, there has been a lot of media buzz around the African American community that tweets — so-called "Black Twitter."

Ph.D. candidate Meredith Clark is writing her dissertation on Black Twitter at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

She joins Here & Now's Robin Young to discuss her research and the media coverage.

"I call it basically black people using Twitter. It’s very simple. You’re just being a part of a private conversation that’s held in public,” Clark says.

The conversations on Twitter range from social justice to community issues to social viewing of television shows.

“I will never watch an award show without it again,” Clark says.


  • Meredith Clark, Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism & Mass Communication. She tweets @meredithclark.

This segment aired on February 10, 2014.


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