Good W/omen making a difference [Vita's Guests] vitalingus - @ 10:32:am

Good W/omen making a difference [Vita's Guests]
vitalingus - @ 10:32:am

Part 3 interview with LIZA of Culture Kitchen.
W/OMEN'S VOICES USING SOCIAL MEDIA AS A TOOL

Women networking, consuming and producing in
the 21st century...

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VITA
How have things changed for bloggers since
the advent of media owned blogging sites?

LIZA
The game has changed, especially in the last
two years.58% of blogs out there may well be
w omen's blogs Yet if 90% of the traffic is
only going to just 10% of those blogs..

Given that 10% is not only being funded by big
media companies they are also increasingly being
run by men. I question whether that 58% is really
making a difference? A question I have yet to
answer....

VITA ASIDE
I guess to truly assess that question we need to
to look at what the original research is being
based on? What questions are being asked and
who is assessing what is influence? (This
statistic was sourced from PEW research)

Mm mm what data is being assessed to determine
these figures? How far is the reach? On the up
according to "PEW" women's blogging
sites have more longevity than mens blogging
sites..

(See vita's links for PEW'research
on that issue under 'USA internet
research

VITA
Liza how has having a blogging website
changed your sense of influence &
impacted on activism by and for women?

LIZA
It has demystified the whole process of
influence building and has shown me how
old habits are hard to break even if you
are a new media whiz. US politics is all
about money as power.

For some reason or another the bloggers
who have taken to this 'reality' are the
people who came out of the 2004 campaign
blogs and most of them are male.

The majority of feminist bloggers in the
USA do not come out of that sphere of
influence They do not fund raise, nor
endorse specific candidates.

In the game of mainstream politics, these
things matter and the influence of feminist
bloggers as a whole is not as dramatic as
the self-described 'netroots."

VITA ASIDE
"Netroots" is a recent term coined to describe
political activism organized through blogs
and other online media, including wikis and
social network services." (Wikipedia)

LIZA
Although Netroots are a small slice of
the women blogosphere. In particular sites
such as "Riverbend' have highlighted the
cause for Iraqis who are against, the
occupation of her country.

linkriverbendblog.blogspot.com

VITA
Where is her voice now we may well ask?
BLOGHERS INFLUENCE

LIZA
BlogHer is proof, there is a whole world of
women blogging about a whole universe of issues.
The influence of women in technology blogs has
grown dramatically, thanks in part to women like
Mena Trott (SixApart) and Caterina Fake (Flickr).

linkwww.caterina.net/

see previous article for the SixApart site

Mommy bloggers are not only becoming a force
to reckon with in consumer activism but they
are dispelling the myth that most internet
users are male, white and under the age of 30.

However we still have a huge majority of minority
women, mostly women of color under 30, who are
communicating online through cellular technologies
yet not necessarily partaking of the blogosphere.

This is not a problem of digital divides.It
is a problem of digital exclusions, with the
new majority of colored and ethnic under 30s
not meshing seamlessly with what is happening
on the blogosphere. If there is an ugly truth
about the blogosphere that keeps me awake at
night, this is it.

VITA
Do you have a belief that women are leading us
into the 21st century..if so is this happening?
Has the internet and blogging influenced that
change?

LIZA
This is an interesting question. Do you mean to
say that women will lead us into the 21st century
as consumer or as producers? As consumers, there is
no question about it. I believe women are actually
more interested in the practical application of
networking technologies than men are.

There has obviously, been a major increase in the
consumption, of computers and cellular technology
for domestic use. Yet the real movers and shakers
are the makers, not the consumers. If we look at
some of the companies out there: Ebay, Six Apart,
Blogger, Flickr --these all have (or have had)
women among their founders.

In that sense, yes, sure, women are also blazing
the trail. Yet the problem is that I still see most
of the investment money offered to male-run projects

This is painfully true in the blogosphere, where
more than a few 'top blogs', (including some of
the political ones), have been funded by, angel
investors and/or angel donors.

NEW TECHNOLOGY AND CHANGING OLD PARADIGM'S

LIZA
I have come to this observation on the issue:
Most of the web2.0 technologies we are enjoying
now have been disruptive to old political, media
and business models. Yet not necessarily changing
their infrastructures and their hierarchies.

That is because we are still in between the old
and truly revolutionary new. We have "created"
disruptive technologies yet what we need right
now are disruptive social dynamics.

VITA
It would be interesting to know whether PEW'S
research questions were asked in other community
languages other than English as a first language?

LIZA
In America pro-union Latin is, primarily leading
this movement. American working class women are
"having an impact on this change".Most of them
are over 25. Their networking tools, of choice
are cellular phones, email lists and occasional
MySpace and Flickr accounts.

I am looking forward to the 2008 elections. I
believe, is not the middle class college-educated
blogger who will be making a difference.

My observation and instincts tell me that the labor
/immigration movement led mostly by working class
Latinos who are going to crash into everybody's
political party....

Vita

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