Extrapolation

Black Technoculture and/as Afrofuturism

Extrapolation (2020), 61, (1-2), 7–28.

Abstract

This essay argues for a reboot of Afrofuturism: a thoughtful engagement with the Black everyday, enacted through technoculture, to ground continued speculation on possible Afro Futures. This approach has the benefit of eschewing the White-normative deficit perspective of the digital divide, while interrogating Black internet and social media use from a libidinal, rather than solely political, economic perspective. In doing so, Black technoculture acknowledges the libidinal and sensual tensions powering Black digital practice, tensions which inform speculative fictions such as Black Panther (2018) as well as online political movements such as Black Lives Matter and #metoo. Drawing upon the experience of Black folk in the United States, I argue that digital enactments of everyday blackness, representing discursive enactments of everyday Black life, exemplify Black technoculture, which should be understood as a conceptual and pragmatic augmentation to Afrofuturism.

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