Comments: Ada Lovelace Day - Shelley Powers

Sorry I missed Ada Lovelace Day. And I second your endorsement of Shelley. But why speak in the present tense about (what I take to be) alleged sexism by male "A-list" bloggers by pointing to a pair of posts from 2005? Do you find anything in what I'm posting *now* to support the characterization?

Posted by Doc Searls at April 2, 2009 03:35 PM

Doc, I haven't been reading you as regularly these days as I once did years ago (bad risk/return for me, given our very different worldviews). So I can't comment about you personally. You're a nice guy, then and now. But overall, with the consolidation of blogging (in the sense of punditry, not diary/chat) into a social media business, and the relative stifling of the "unedited voice" in favor of the "personal brand", I'd say the general situation has gotten worse than 2005.

Note the problem is not sexism in the personal sense of a prejudice against women. Rather, the "power law" indicates per-topic, attention is dominated by a very small group, and sociologically such a group tends to consist of those with the most power in society (which here means older white males).

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at April 3, 2009 02:37 AM