My first stint in corporate America was working as an interactive television specialist/sr web designer for a television station. I was one of 2 black employees on the corporate side. The other was an older black woman. It was short lived. Every since then I worked for myself. That was over 20 years ago. Yes, its been hard. Yes, it’s difficult working in media, tech and new media building platforms that will level the playing field and give us an opportunity to compete when most black people don’t support because of a very basic knowledge of tech, propaganda and how media/new media is used against us.
Never worked for a tech company, but I have partnered with several (Microsoft, Windows Media, MTV Zune, MSN Music, Nokia, etc), using their platforms, apps and massive global reach to reach black masses all over the world. Partnered. Pushing content. Syndication and distribution. Not ‘work for’. They did not censor my stations, they had zero control or say about my content…. nor did they want it.
Social media companies are different. The censor. They control what you see and who sees you. They create algorithms that work against you. They set the standards and are the decider of what constitutes hate speech. And apparently ‘organized hate’.
We are living in the digital/tech/social media revolution. All necessities and/or necessary evils. Black people are huge consumers of tech (iphones, tablets, notebooks, smart tvs, roku, fire tv, etc). According to Statista, 69% of black people regularly use social media. Yet we own/control none of it.