“Girls, Gaming, and the Trajectory of IT Expertise” — some thoughts.

I’m currently reading Elisabeth Hayes’ essay on how games influence tendencies towards mastery or fluency in technological skills or IT-related fields. She writes: Gaming is a particularly significant source of productive computer experience for boys…. Gaming also is instrumental in helping boys develop personal goals and motivations for their academic study of computer science and […]

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some additional comments on women in the tech industry

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/24/valley-boys Joan Williams, a law professor at the University of California, Hastings, and co-author of “What Works for Women at Work,” told me, “Even though it’s a job that basically involves sitting at a typewriter, there’s a real emphasis on the idea that these are jobs that only a real man can do.” The result […]

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re: barbie the computer engineer, and media hacktivism

Mattel came out with a terrible Barbie book touting to promote Barbie as a computer engineer. However, Barbie doesn’t seem able to get anything done, instead asking boys to do the “real programming” for her. http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelzarrell/sexist-barbie-book-is-sexist We’re also talking about hacktivism and hacking–there’s an interesting response website where you can go into the pages of […]

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some words on tim cook’s coming out (and the internet’s reaction)

apple ceo tim cook came out last week, in a brilliantly-written and unprecedentedly personal column in businessweek. compare, if you will, the following threads on reddit–the first on /r/technology, the second on /r/gaybros. /r/technology: http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/2krtf0/apple_ceo_cook_comes_out_im_proud_to_be_gay/ /r/gaybros: http://www.reddit.com/r/gaybros/comments/2krs48/tim_cook_comes_out_as_gay_im_proud_to_be_gay/ i’m not sure if the difference between the two communities’ responses is very obvious, but it seemed clear to me that the mainstream on […]

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how media coverage obscures more difficult, less media-sexy issues

We’ve touched on the topic of how media coverage of something like HeForShe, celebrity feminism, and popular, spreadable events in social justice movements (FCKH8, anyone?) can obscure the deeper, harder, “real work” involved in effecting widespread societal change and addressing tough issues. Elton John, in this NY Times op-ed, points to how this is happening in […]

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