About Us


Trayvon Martin #BlackLivesMatter demonstration July 21, 2013 (Fayetteville, NC; Hay Street fountain)
Trayvon Martin #BlackLivesMatter demonstration July 21, 2013 (Fayetteville, NC; Hay Street fountain; photograph, courtesy @doctashanti)

Capturing “The Crisis”: Screen Captioning, Mobile Streaming, and Media Accessibility is our course theme. The Crisis is the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and was founded in 1910 by W.E.B. Du Bois. In his first editorial, Du Bois declared his intentions:

“The object of this publication is to set forth those facts and arguments which show the danger of race prejudice, particularly as manifested today toward colored people. It takes its name from the fact that the editors believe that this is a critical time in the history of the advancement of men. …Finally, its editorial page will stand for the rights of men, irrespective of color or race, for the highest ideals of American democracy, and for reasonable but earnest and persistent attempts to gain these rights and realize these ideals.

Among the NAACP magazine’s notable contributors, was Fayetteville State’s own: Charles Waddell Chesnutt. Although The Crisis began at the height of the Jim Crow lynching era, the magazine continues to exist today, and—many would argue—for very good reasons. This course, therefore, engages the design and production of multimedia to explore various social representations of black life, whether in the real world, on screen, or in virtual environments. To this end, there will be one required field experience that you must attend and document. We will learn to embed, caption, sync, and promote new media content as we read a wide variety of sources to better understand how technologies affect cultural and political processes across time. To investigate these connections, major questions we will ask this semester include:

  • How do objects, as well as the design technologies and theories that shape them, inform (and misinform) notions of race?
  • How have images from the mid-twentieth century up until now significantly influenced social movements?
  • Is #BlackLivesMatter a real activist movement? Or is it social media hype, involving little more than memes and hashtags?

In seeking answers, we will unpack commonly held assumptions about race, rhetoric, and technology by interacting on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Ustream, Periscope, and other media platforms in order to develop a collaborative portfolio.

Here’s where we’ll compose micro-blog. Your posts should include vids/pics, tags, and hashtags as required.

If you believe you need additional help with your technology skills, FSU offers ITTS training in the form of workshops, one-on-one consultations, and online training. They provide computer instruction to members of the university who would like to learn new skills or improve their existing ones. Contact Bill Gibson or Claudette Fuller and visit their webpage here:  http://www.uncfsu.edu/itts/training   

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