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Asst. Prof. Desmond Patton's paper "Internet banging: New trends in social media, gang violence, masculinity and hip hop" picked up by several news outlets

January 25, 2013

His study is featured in the Michigan Chronicle ( ), WWJ ( ) and Spero News ( ).

The paper examines:

-- internet banging within the context of gang violence, paying close attention to the mechanisms and processes

-- the role of hip-hop in the development of internet banging and highlight the changing roles of both hip hop and computer mediated communication as social representations of life in violent communities

-- the presentation of urban masculinity and its influence on social media behavior

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