You’ve just got to wonder at where all this Web 2.0 frottage that Nix identifies as cultish Group think is going to end when you read calls in New Zealand for "our Kiwi "women"" to join Women for Web 2.0
"Perhaps some of our Kiwi "women of web 2.0" might look at joining their community and contributing some of the experiences they're having down this end of the world??"
I am sucking in breath through every Artichokean orifice - To imagine in the era of the so called 21st Century learner that the possession of a vulva, clitoris and mitochondrial DNA produces such unique thinking about “Web 2.0” that it requires a gendered online group think space is quite remarkable -
When I read calls for what can only be construed as the marginalization of online voices by the addition of gender filters, I experience the strong pheromone rich pong of paternalism. Any one who has ever mistakenly sexed baby mice and found themselves changing the sawdust for male mice in the classroom knows what I mean. Reading “some of our Kiwi “women of web 2.0”” makes me experience an interesting mind slip, slide, slither, backwards in time to the over gendered and over simplistic paternalistic and feminist discourse of the 60’s–
You have just got to ask why in 2006 when the web provides almost unlimited identities online we should seek the imposition of such superficial concepts of identity as male and female gendered roles wrt exploring the potential of Web2.0 .
Judith Butler was blowing off the myth of women as a group with common characteristics and interests in the early 1990’s –– this post makes me wonder when we might expect to catch up with the discourse in New Zealand?
I wait with bated breath for the same (e) commentator to call for; XY males for Web 2.0, XXY males for Web 2.0, gays and lesbians for Web 2.0, transsexuals for Web 2.0, the gender ambivalent for Web 2.0; and then perhaps we might expect Kiwi for Web 2.0, Maori for Web2.0, Pasifika for Web2.0, and Pakeha for Web2.0.
I join Nix in asking what lies behind this cultish group thinking about Web 2.0?