assumptions in race and gender

Cyberspace is a shared space. Anyone can enter it with a new identity. Unlike real space, cyberspace allows people to explore race and gender roles without having to return to reality with these experimental identities. Laura Miller's essay on "Women and Children First" argues that women can take care of themselves online, despite the generalized "idea that women's minds are weak, fragile, and unsuited to the rough and tumble of public discourse" (RDC 220). The stereotype of women as docile creatures has long been ingrained in our society.

The Trouble with Gender

In her piece 'Women and Children First' Laura Miller discusses the reasons for which considering digital media a new frontier represents gender on the internet incorrectly. Frontier evokes images of strong males exploring an unknown territory accompanied by the weaker, dependent, women and children. True, the demographics show that the internet population is dominated by males but our definition of male and female as it applies to the physical world is very much broken down, according to Miller.

Steve Silberman and today

Steve Silberman's article "We're Teen, We're Queer, and We've Got Email" really opened my eye into the world that queer teens used to have to struggle in. (I'm not saying they no longer struggle, but certainly today's society is much more excepting than that of which when this article was written.)

Professor Smith's Lecture

On Thursday morning at 11am in the Rose Hills Theatre at Pomona Professor Smith gave a lecture on Civil Rights, Cold Cases, and the media.

The thing that surprised me most was her discussion on the Civil Rights cold cases. These are cases that have gone "cold" because evidence has been lost, witnesses have died, etc. Well, recently criminal investigators have been taking a second look at these cold cases. In fact, accordingly to Ms. Smith, the Government has recently granted 10 million dollars to the reopening and and investigation of these cases from the Civil Rights Movement.

"the grid"

An intriguing article on what's next for the internet.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article3689881.ece

Media and Memory

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Thursday's lecture focused on the effect of media attention on the way in which the public remembers historical events. She focused specifically on how the civil rights movement is conceptualized in American society, and how this reflects media influence.

The Frontier

Laura Miller's essay "Women and Children First: Gender and the Settling of the Electronic Frontier" attempts to address a gender issue on the internet when I, and maybe even she feels, that is not so much a gender issue but the bigger issue of how to deal with aggression that has no face or means to identify it. The issue of men (and probably a lot of boys) preying on women on the internet is just one form of harassment that falls within a large class.

Sex and Race Online

Since it's beginning, the Internet has tended to be viewed in a very utopian manner. For many people, the Internet is a place where they can go to avoid any stereotyping based on race or sex. When creating a character in the first online MUD's, people were offered limitless possibilities because there character would be portrayed as whatever screen name they picked and by whatever they wrote in their "about me" section.

Race, sexuality & the internet

On the internet, anyone could be fooled by who they're talking to. Because a majority of internet users are assumed to be white, a racial issue was created subconsciously within itself. Because on the internet only text is presented, it's impossible to tell people's race for sure. If race is so important, than why is it being accidently excluded? Not only by LambdaMOO or any other internet company, but by every player who subconciously chooses to state their ethnicity?

Watch the new South Park!

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Seriously though, it is a really funny commentary on how people contribute massive amounts of content to the web 2.0 and don't see any payment for their work.

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