Saturday, November 26, 2005
Not much of a post
but given our discussion here I did want to point toward two recent conversations about blogging and commenting culture, and gender: Rana at Frogs and Ravens draws some conclusions about the whole kerfuffle over at Dr. B’s, and Ron Silliman examines the gender split in his blogroll, post subjects, and commenters. The tones of the two threads three, counting the one here are instructive.
You’re probably all tired of the subject, so just file this under “worth noting.”
Can we stop calling it “the whole kerfuffle over at Dr. B’s” and similar? The kerfuffle, such as it is, is taking place on D’s blog and in comment threads on blog posts pointing to D’s blog. Only the initial excuse for the kerfuffle occurred on B’s.
We don’t refer to World War I as occurring in Sarajevo.
Someone, somewhere in this whole collections of links said something about blogs not being like Usenet. Sorry, but a) masculine discourse overwhelming threads and b) someone getting annoyed at what someone’s said about them and ineffectually threatening a libel suit both seem to be evidence that the difference is smaller than might be imagined.