Geert Lovink wrote: > Dear nettimers, > > I wonder how many of you follow the 'Kathy Sierra' case and what you > make of it.
I wrote this reply to her, but apparently she didn't see my comment on her blog or doesn't care about autonomous community initiatives to try to create change in techno culture. Maybe since our event wasn't making any headlines, since the main sites like boingboing.net and slashdot refused to acknowledge it, it wasn't worth kathy's time either. /// my response is here, as well as in the comments of her blog: http://deletetheborder.org/node/2077 Wow. I'm so, so sorry that this has happened to you and it just fuels me even more to continue fighting sexism and misogyny in techno culture. You've probably never heard of me, but this past weekend I helped organize freEtech in San Diego, in response to the exclusivity, sexism and racism inherent in Etech and in the fact that it costs $1500. At freEtech we talked a lot about how sexism and racism function in techno culture and what can be done about it. Cory Doctorow, who's an editor of boingboing.net and is on the etech board, refused to post freEtech because it was too critical of Oreilly and he basically denied that there is a problem with sexism in techno culture, callimg our claims "baseless". You can read about freEtech, read my emails to cory and read his replies here: http://deletetheborder.org/node/2053 http://deletetheborder.org/node/2057 http://deletetheborder.org/node/2065 Hopefully we can all work together to make this culture more what we want to see, with less sexism, racism and homophobia. I hope that you can eventually find the strength and courage to continue engaging with this community, especially now that you've seen its problems. No wonder we have a huge problem with sexism in techno culture when the most famous people in that culture refuse to admit that there's a problem. Maybe next year you can come to freEtech and give a talk there. /// Basically, it seems that all the problems of celebrity and centralization are on display in "blogger culture" and the marginalization of community efforts at change and dissenting voices is a clear example of that problem, just as the targeting of "well known bloggers" for sick misogynist fantasies is another example of that problem operating in concert with the patriarchical tendencies of United States. What we're seeing here is meatspace structuring cyberspace and taking away its utopian or liberatory potential. -- blog: http://deletetheborder.org/lotu5 gpg: 0x5B459C11 // encrypted email preferred gaim: djlotu5 // off the record messaging preferred # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: [EMAIL PROTECTED] and "info nettime-l" in the msg body # archive: http://www.nettime.org contact: firstname.lastname@example.org