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Blogs and Gender
Transcript of Blogs and Gender
Gendered Communities in the Blogosphere
The Digital is a Utopia
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
Computer Mediated Communication is more democratic than other communication media
During the teenage years, women dominate blogging. After the teens, males take over.
"women bloggers do exist, even though they have a low profile in mass media representations..."
When women blog, they tend to focus on:
1. Personal Narratives
2. Asking for Advice
3. Discussion of Issues
4. Provide Information about a topic
What kind of Participation?
What type of men?
Women blogging about video games
Conclusion: Women are not pushed toward technology like men.
Questions? Comments? Concerns?
What is a Blog?
It is an act.
Top 15 Blogs
Huffington Post - Gossip
TechCrunch - Technology
Gizmodo - Technology
Mashable - Technology
BoingBoing - General
Engadget - Technology
The Corner on National Review - Politics
Gawker - Gossip
The Daily Beast - Gossip
TMZ - Gossip
Hot Air - Politics
Think Progress - Politics
Kotaku - Video Games/Technology
The Official Google Blog - Technology
CNN Political Tracker Politics
Gossip = 4
Technology = 6
General = 1
Politics = 4
The keeping of a regularly updated online journal
interspersed with hyperlinks and photographs.
~Ali-Hasan and Adamic 2006
1. Discuss Issues
2. Provide Information
3. Ask for Advice
4. Provide Personal Information
Female Responses to Games
Male Defense to Female Criticism
Games for Girls
Girls Just Don't
Q: I'm surprised you aren't advertising more toward women
A: It's expensive...girls are always second.
A: Just because of the exposure...Girls are more discerning that boys...are.
Lee McEnany Caraher - Sega
I wish I could go take my anger out on some virtual monsters, but that’s only going to remind me of HOW MUCH I !@#$ING HATE THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY.
I’m going to go find a new !@#$ing hobby that I can feel good about spending my money on.
This was a real problem because the people who responded to that video generally made reasonable points about the GTA series, but often didn't do a good job of GTA IV itself, mostly because they never played it.
No, I haven’t played the game. But the things I bring up here have been confirmed by people who have played the game, or by gameplay footage
The Clique: Diss and Make Up
Charm Girls Club: My Fashion Mall, My Fashion Show, My Perfect Prom
The Daring Game for Girls
Dreamer Series: Top Model
Princess in Love
When women do participate... they risk being actively censored by the reactions of men who either ignore them or attempt to deligitimize their contributions.
From 18 to over Age 48, Males dominate Blogging
Public and private efforts to recruit women into STEM professions will meet with limited success as long as there is a substantial wage gap between male and female.
A Matter of Pay and Prestige
There are women and girls who are passionate about playing these computer games that have traditionally been geared towards men...They reject what they see as a very...old-fashioned view of femininity
HCI and STEM
Not socializing women to use technology as they socialize men to has a negative effect on all aspects of society.
More research is needed to understand how the "invisible male norm" is used in media.
A point of entry is that requires deeper knowledge of technology is the act of blogging.
A decade ago, Congress created the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology Development to address gender and racial diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions
The Russians, the cold war
What is STEM? Why does it matter?
Human Computer Interaction
From Design to Education, everything is made with the "invisible male norm."