Do we fight this battle now, or do men get to be the only ones shaping our future?
-Brianna Wu, “I’m Brianna Wu, And I’m Risking My Life Standing Up To Gamergate”, Bustle
I don’t normally get involved in GamerGate discussions, but I was compelled by Brianna Wu’s words. As a relatively recent father to a beautiful girl, I am terrified about a future where she is marginalized, threatened, and seen as less important than male counterparts (who will more than likely not be able to keep up with her intellectually). She is already showing her intelligence in engineering and problem solving at fifteen months; Lexi and I will continue to cultivate that curiosity and passion with the hope that the future will give her more of a shot than the present has given Brianna Wu, Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian, and all the other women who don’t have a strong enough following to be heard.
(via The Loop)
Also covered on Ignore the Code.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.