Sunday, July 23, 2006

Girls Have Cooties!

from "Portrait of a Blogger: Under 30 and Sociable" by Kim Hart:

"The average blogger is a 14-year-old girl writing about her cat," said Alexander Halavais, an assistant professor of interactive communications at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

Not only should blogging be taken lightly because "the young" and the "chatty" do it so their "friends" can read about their latest flossing but also because it's girlish, something only a girl would do, the lowest of the low. (Imagine what his classes are like.)

The whole article brushes aside anything but vanity and diary blogs and assumes that few bloggers have ideas larger than their belly buttons, that there is no impact, that no one is "out to change the world" (from Amanda Lenhart who directed the survey for The Pew Internet & American Life Project).

4 Comments:

Blogger ChasingMoksha said...

Just another knee jerk reaction from a patriarch who senses his supreme control of all things literate is slipping.

Alexander Halavais, if blogging will not make a difference in the world, then why make the assertion that it will not?

Sun Jul 23, 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Professor Zero said...

...and hasn't read many blogs. i am still amazed at this 'expert' who said blogs were like novels, and might replace the novel. unfamiliar with both, i guess.

Mon Jul 24, 12:28:00 AM  
Blogger Natalia said...

So... I'm 14??? Hmmm. Then why can't I fit into my old cross-country uniform?

What a load of bollocks!

Tue Jul 25, 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Leigh said...

What I also find interesting and completely unepxplored in this article is this finding that bloggers:

"are also less likely to be white than the general Internet-using population, and more than half live in suburban areas, according to Pew."

Digital diversity? Boring! (apparently)

Personally, the more women I can find via blogging the better. In my experience the blogosphere is still, as my friend Wesley aptly described it, "a narrow circle jerk."

I'm linking to you; you're rad.

Thu Aug 24, 11:48:00 PM  

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