Click for slides from my talk at Social Media and the Transformation of Public Space. The talk draws from my research on Brooklyn’s drag community, focusing on how technology mediates relationships to space. Comments and feedback welcome!
How do marginalized communities find voice and visibility? In the United States, a cycle is needed: first, communities become visible to each other, them they amplify that visibility to the larger world. If the larger world catches on, mainstream media pays attention. And if media-savvy people like @janetmock and @lavernecox are at the helm, it turns into TIME magazine covers and NYT best sellers. A recent conversation with Janet got me thinking about the role of the Internet in building her voice and community. When used well, the Internet isn’t a flash in the pan: it’s more like a slow boil, maintained through the tiny actions of many.
I’m with you, but I also find myself thinking a lot about how this plays out in cases where visibility/legibility aren’t the goal, or where there’s a substantial amount of wariness around misappropriation of community values/aesthetics. That tension between wanting not to endure real pain and stigma while also identifying with alterity - I think that becomes incredibly tricky precisely in the context of online technologies that lower the barrier of entry both for finding out about previously obscure (whether on purpose or not) groups and for harassing those groups in new ways.
My Pilates classes moved to a yoga studio where all the signs say “namaste” at the bottom. Shit like that is why I prefer Pilates to yoga.
Also, jessalingel says Pilates is political (JP invented it in an internment camp), whereas yoga is (ugh) spiritual (ugh).
cc sixthstreetpilates (other than “namaste” East Yoga is nice. I’m not complaining about the space.)
Haha, thanks for the shout out, people are often bewildered/skepitcal when I insist there’s a different between pilates and yoga, but to me they’re totally different, not just in terms of the practice but where they happen and who does it. btw for a kind of adorable animated video of the history of pilates, click here.
Adelaide R. Hasse, our favorite LAPL librarian, who created her own classification system cuz DDC did not suite her needs. Serious bangs, Addie!
Back when I was taking government documents at Pratt, rock star professor Debbie Rabina asked us to fill out a questionnaire that included a query as to why we were taking gov docs courses. My seven-word response: Because Adelaide Hasse is a personal hero.
- This week, I’ll be in Seattle for ICA.
- Next week I have a mini trip to NYC to knock out a paper with Kate Crawford and Tero Karppi.
- Headed to Palo Alto in early June for a visit to the Brown Institute.
- In mid June, I’m doing a European adventure! A visit to the MSR lab in Cambridge, England, then a few days in Amsterdam for a conference, then giving a talk at KIT in Germany.
- At the end of June, headed to Barbados for a friend’s wedding, hello beach!