Week 12*

M N10*          Race, Class, and Gender Online

Nakamura, Cybertyping and the Work of Race in the Age of Digital Reproduction

Marwick, Donglegate: Why the Tech Community Hates Feminists

Taylor, How the Cult of Internet Openness Enables Misogyny

Davies, Things I learned from #WomenAgainstFeminism

Scalzi, Straight White Male: The lowest difficulty setting there is

Channing, John Scalzi Explains Privilege to Nerds (an interview)

Coates, White Privilege

Sindelókë, Of Dogs and Lizards, A parable of privilege

Williams, Consalvo, Caplan & Yee, Looking for Gender (Optional)

Hannah, Riot Grrl Manifesto (Optional)


DUE Blog Post 5

Attend at least one talk at the CDEP Symposium. Post a 500-word reaction to the talk. Earn 10 points extra credit for two additional posts on two additional talks.


W N12

Videos from class:

Stuart Hall – Representation in Media (part 1 of 4, parts 2-4 should play automatically)

Johanna Blakley – Social Media And The End of Gender

Guy Branum (Thrash Lab) – What Do Feminists Have Left?

Even though people may not feel oppressed by gendered hegemonic forces (like people rallying behind #NotYourShield), we are constantly facing oppressive cultural norms that are reified in media representation, which lead to normalized values that do not always match our own, and can, indeed, work against our own good. These normalized values have an actual impact on our daily lives through legislation, and day-to-day interactions between people. Guy Branum itemizes some issues that are real world implications of reified values developed from media representations of femininity.  It might surprise you, especially if you don’t generally feel oppressed by media representations.

This week, we’ve focused mainly on gender representations in media – specifically feminine-gender representations. There are many other gender representations we could analyze, along with race and class representations. And we can analyze these representations in all kinds of media spaces – including digital or new media spaces.

For some examples, check out:

Dayna Chatman’s Black Twitter Project at USC Annenberg’s Innovation Lab.

Lori Kendall’s Meaning and Identity In Cyberspace: The Performance of Gender, Class, and Race Online

Anna Anthropy’s Work on Queer Theory, Representation, and Game Design

and many more…


F  N14

In Class Assignment: Summarizing Readings from the week