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A riveting exploration of how the power of visual media over the last few years has shifted the narrative on race and reignited the push towards justice by the author of the “worthy and necessary” (The New York Times) Nobody Marc Lamont Hill and the bestselling author and acclaimed journalist Todd Brewster. With his signature “clear and courageous” (Cornel West) voice Marc A riveting exploration of how the power of visual media over the last few years has shifted the narrative on race and reignited the push towards justice by the author of the “worthy and necessary” (The New York Times) Nobody Marc Lamont Hill and the bestselling author and acclaimed journalist Todd Brewster. With his signature “clear and courageous” (Cornel West) voice Marc Lamont Hill and New York Times bestselling author Todd Brewster weave four recent pivotal moments in America’s racial divide into their disturbing historical context—starting with the killing of George Floyd—Seen and Unseen reveals the connections between our current news headlines and social media feeds and the country’s long struggle against racism. For most of American history, our media has reinforced and promoted racism. But with the immediacy of modern technology—the ubiquity of smartphones, social media, and the internet—that long history is now in flux. From the teenager who caught George Floyd’s killing on camera to the citizens who held prosecutors accountable for properly investigating the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, ordinary people are now able to reveal injustice in a more immediate way. As broad movements to overhaul policing, housing, and schooling gain new vitality, Seen and Unseen demonstrates that change starts with the raw evidence of those recording history on the front lines. In the vein of The New Jim Crow and Caste, Seen and Unseen incisively explores what connects our moment to the history of race in America but also what makes today different from the civil rights movements of the past and what it will ultimately take to push social justice forward.


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A riveting exploration of how the power of visual media over the last few years has shifted the narrative on race and reignited the push towards justice by the author of the “worthy and necessary” (The New York Times) Nobody Marc Lamont Hill and the bestselling author and acclaimed journalist Todd Brewster. With his signature “clear and courageous” (Cornel West) voice Marc A riveting exploration of how the power of visual media over the last few years has shifted the narrative on race and reignited the push towards justice by the author of the “worthy and necessary” (The New York Times) Nobody Marc Lamont Hill and the bestselling author and acclaimed journalist Todd Brewster. With his signature “clear and courageous” (Cornel West) voice Marc Lamont Hill and New York Times bestselling author Todd Brewster weave four recent pivotal moments in America’s racial divide into their disturbing historical context—starting with the killing of George Floyd—Seen and Unseen reveals the connections between our current news headlines and social media feeds and the country’s long struggle against racism. For most of American history, our media has reinforced and promoted racism. But with the immediacy of modern technology—the ubiquity of smartphones, social media, and the internet—that long history is now in flux. From the teenager who caught George Floyd’s killing on camera to the citizens who held prosecutors accountable for properly investigating the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, ordinary people are now able to reveal injustice in a more immediate way. As broad movements to overhaul policing, housing, and schooling gain new vitality, Seen and Unseen demonstrates that change starts with the raw evidence of those recording history on the front lines. In the vein of The New Jim Crow and Caste, Seen and Unseen incisively explores what connects our moment to the history of race in America but also what makes today different from the civil rights movements of the past and what it will ultimately take to push social justice forward.

30 review for Seen and Unseen: Technology, Social Media, and the Fight for Racial Justice

  1. 4 out of 5

    agata

    Today marks the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death, a death that sparked countless protests against police brutality across the entire world. It wasn’t the first senseless death of a Black man caused by the police and sadly, it wasn’t and won’t be the last. Floyd’s death is one of the main focuses and the backdrop of Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster’s book, Seen and Unseen. It explores the way the evolution of technology and visual media is changing the way society experiences the figh Today marks the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death, a death that sparked countless protests against police brutality across the entire world. It wasn’t the first senseless death of a Black man caused by the police and sadly, it wasn’t and won’t be the last. Floyd’s death is one of the main focuses and the backdrop of Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster’s book, Seen and Unseen. It explores the way the evolution of technology and visual media is changing the way society experiences the fight for racial justice. While Floyd’s murder is the recurring topic, it’s not the only one examined in the book. The authors use the examples of such infamous cases as the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and the Kenosha shootings to explain how the footage changed the narrative or showed white supremacy at work. I loved that the authors also provided historical context and showed the way that violence and racism on the screen isn’t just a strictly modern phenomenon - quite the contrary, it was with us even in the era of silent movies like The Birth of the Nation. It’s a difficult read and there were moments when I had to put it down because of how painful and horrifying the content was, but it’s also an extremely impactful and important book that proves how big of a role social and visual media can play in the fight for social justice. TLDR:Seen and Unseen is not an easy read, but it’s a necessary one for anyone interested in understanding how media can help dismantle white supremacy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Oscreads

    Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster have written an essential book that encapsulates the important role that technology and, consequently, media has had and will continue to have to fight racial justice. This book allows us to see how powerful and influential this tool has been in unearthing the constant lies created by white supremacist. What’s great about this book is all the writers, journalists, photographers, communicators, revolutionaries, and moments that it mentions to prove its points. I Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster have written an essential book that encapsulates the important role that technology and, consequently, media has had and will continue to have to fight racial justice. This book allows us to see how powerful and influential this tool has been in unearthing the constant lies created by white supremacist. What’s great about this book is all the writers, journalists, photographers, communicators, revolutionaries, and moments that it mentions to prove its points. I strongly believe that with this book Hill and Brewster add themselves to the conversation.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James

    Insightful and educational book, but runs out of steam near the end. The history of technology/media through a social justice lens made for really good reading, especially for the older history covered in the book - Birth of a Nation, Ida B. Wells, etc. This is some of the important stuff omitted from public school curriculum. The more modern stuff is markedly less impressive. Too much time is spend on Kyle Rittenhouse and Charlottesville. These may feel important right now, but won't matter much Insightful and educational book, but runs out of steam near the end. The history of technology/media through a social justice lens made for really good reading, especially for the older history covered in the book - Birth of a Nation, Ida B. Wells, etc. This is some of the important stuff omitted from public school curriculum. The more modern stuff is markedly less impressive. Too much time is spend on Kyle Rittenhouse and Charlottesville. These may feel important right now, but won't matter much in a decade. The writing was good for the most part. Generally easy on the reader and quick, but the chapters were so long...omfg. Overall, maybe a bit niche for the general reader, but should be of greater interest to people who work in tech and media, possibly education.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Libbye

    I actually learned a lot more about history than social media, which I didn’t expect but enjoyed. This book is a lot broader than just how media is changing history, and stronger for it. I appreciated the giveaway!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Murrell

    This is such an important, impactful and timely book. While the topics discussed are difficult, I found the writing to be clear and concise and easy to ready which made digesting the material much easier! I also appreciated all of the examples given to show how important technology is in this moment of history and the fight for racial justice. I cant post my highlights because this was an advanced copy but I know i'll be referring back to my notes and highlights for a long time! This is such an important, impactful and timely book. While the topics discussed are difficult, I found the writing to be clear and concise and easy to ready which made digesting the material much easier! I also appreciated all of the examples given to show how important technology is in this moment of history and the fight for racial justice. I cant post my highlights because this was an advanced copy but I know i'll be referring back to my notes and highlights for a long time!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Moriah

    Seen and Unseen is a book about the topics of racial justice and how posting things on the internet or the way we capture the moments will influence our reaction to the subject. I thought the book is an interesting read that highlights the importance of knowing what is going on around the context of a photograph, video, or post before taking it at face value because while body cams and audience videos capture the moment, it can also become skewed towards a biased agenda of whomever is posting th Seen and Unseen is a book about the topics of racial justice and how posting things on the internet or the way we capture the moments will influence our reaction to the subject. I thought the book is an interesting read that highlights the importance of knowing what is going on around the context of a photograph, video, or post before taking it at face value because while body cams and audience videos capture the moment, it can also become skewed towards a biased agenda of whomever is posting the content. I thought the chapter addressing the concept of statue iconography was interesting because it contrasts the idea of having something grounded and with a heavy base in the earth as an important feature of America (wether we agree with the subject of the statue or not) versus a photograph or a virtual video that is so fluid, so prone to deception of some kind that we have to do some research on the context to make sure the facts have all come to light before making harsh and quick judgements. An interesting read!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    **Goodreads giveaway recipient** And I’m so thankful I am! Thoroughly, intensely researched. From forerunning Ida B. Wells to all kinds of instagrammers and influencers nowadays. But these authors showcase a deep understanding that there is always more to a story (or to a photo)—sometimes even that small nuance can make a huge difference!! Which, especially with social media…or even media(!), is important to remember! It IS essential to bring forth (in tangible…or at least MORE visible reality) al **Goodreads giveaway recipient** And I’m so thankful I am! Thoroughly, intensely researched. From forerunning Ida B. Wells to all kinds of instagrammers and influencers nowadays. But these authors showcase a deep understanding that there is always more to a story (or to a photo)—sometimes even that small nuance can make a huge difference!! Which, especially with social media…or even media(!), is important to remember! It IS essential to bring forth (in tangible…or at least MORE visible reality) all the nonsense that sadly has—and infuriatingly continues (just how and whyyy???)—plagued peoples of certain skin colors. And as a white woman, I have not always been aware of all the pain—and fear! But with books, articles, photos, video, podcasts like this, my eyes are open, and I’m more watchful for racial injustice—and I’m still learning ways I can help and make myself better toward my fellow humans. Thank you for this beautiful, critical work.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Seen and Unseen, by Marc Lamont Hill and Todd Brewster was an interesting and enjoyable read for me. I highly recommend this book. This book explores some recent racial moments in America’s history, such as the George Floyd’s killing that was caught on camera by a teenage. When social injustice is witnessed, ordinary people now have the ability to make an impact with the help of modern technology such as smartphones, social media, and the internet.

  9. 4 out of 5

    LaShanda Chamberlain

    This book is well-written. Hill & Brewster provided an excellent overview of how social media is rapidly shaping our world & our responses to these events. Providing a historical overview while covering many of the present-day challenges was very necessary. Social media is so new & I don't think the good and bad of it has truly been covered yet. Like it or not, social media is here to stay. We must find a way to make the most of it while remaining cautious of the pitfalls of it. This book is well-written. Hill & Brewster provided an excellent overview of how social media is rapidly shaping our world & our responses to these events. Providing a historical overview while covering many of the present-day challenges was very necessary. Social media is so new & I don't think the good and bad of it has truly been covered yet. Like it or not, social media is here to stay. We must find a way to make the most of it while remaining cautious of the pitfalls of it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Very thought-provoking in how it asks probing questions of issues we think we have settled. I particularly enjoyed two sections: James Baldwin's writings and rethinking and exploring the purpose of monuments. As a bonus, if you listen to the audiobook version, it's read by the authors. Todd Brewster sounds like Anthony Bourdain (whom I could listen to all day) with more gravel. A bizarre comfort, but one nonetheless while soaking in this material. Very thought-provoking in how it asks probing questions of issues we think we have settled. I particularly enjoyed two sections: James Baldwin's writings and rethinking and exploring the purpose of monuments. As a bonus, if you listen to the audiobook version, it's read by the authors. Todd Brewster sounds like Anthony Bourdain (whom I could listen to all day) with more gravel. A bizarre comfort, but one nonetheless while soaking in this material.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Seen and Unseen is a timely book about the power shift over visual media has shifted in recent history. I enjoyed how the authors balanced the book with current events with past events without getting too bogged down in either one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Just got this book excited to read it! Will update review after reading!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    Notables 2022 #41

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leisa Mitchell

    I highly recommend this book. It is well written and really puts things into perspective.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Stein

    This book is an important read to understand both the positives and negatives that technology causes in the fight for racial justice.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary Tharp

    Agree that media has and still does everything they can to promote racism. So horribly sad.

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Maynard

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Zaiken Sienkewicz

  24. 4 out of 5

    John Dimoia

  25. 4 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Rafferty

  30. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

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