Issue #7

Introduction: Open Call

  • Carol Stabile
  • Radhika Gajjala

Up until this point, issues of Ada have been edited by special issue editors and organized around a theme potential editors propose as a special issue. Editing this open call issue gave us a better sense of how the open peer review process is working, while at the same time allowing us to see the … Continue reading Introduction: Open Call

Of Headshots and Hugs: Challenging Hypermasculinity through The Walking Dead Play

  • Christopher Kampe
  • Kristina Bell
  • Nicholas Taylor

Abstract: This paper examines how players’ intersectional subjectivities inform their experiences of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead (2012) videogame. Drawing from “microethnographic” recordings and analyses of gameplay, this paper reports on the playthroughs of two African American males and their subsequent reflections on in-game decisions. This exploratory analysis contributes to an emerging, but underdeveloped, understanding … Continue reading Of Headshots and Hugs: Challenging Hypermasculinity through The Walking Dead Play

Inverto

  • Alison Bennett

‘Inverto’ is Latin for transform/transfer/transpose, and curiously, ‘invert’ is an old term for homosexual that carries transgender implications. Inverto is a series of photographs taken monthly over two years bearing witness to an individual undertaking the process of physically aligning gender identity with embodied presence. The images demonstrate the impact of hormone therapy and gender … Continue reading Inverto

Reinscribing a New Normal: Pregnancy, Disability, and Health 2.0 in the Online Natural Birthing Community, Birth Without Fear

  • Lori Beth De Hertogh

Abstract: I argue in this article that the online natural birthing community, Birth Without Fear, operates as a Health 2.0 space where members reinscribe a new normal regarding disability and pregnancy, a process that both empowers and disempowers women. To explore this issue, I draw on concepts and terminologies from cyberfeminist and feminist disability studies. In using … Continue reading Reinscribing a New Normal: Pregnancy, Disability, and Health 2.0 in the Online Natural Birthing Community, Birth Without Fear

“Who Do You Think You Are?”: When Marginality Meets Academic Microcelebrity

  • Tressie McMillan Cottom

Abstract: Populists and capitalists conceptualize academic public writing as a democratizing process. I argue that interlocking structures of oppression contour neoliberal academic appeals for public scholarship. Using data from a public academic blog, I conceptualize the attention economy as stratified by attenuated status groups. I also discuss the methodological promise of digital texts for sociological … Continue reading “Who Do You Think You Are?”: When Marginality Meets Academic Microcelebrity

WP:THREATENING2MEN: Misogynist Infopolitics and the Hegemony of the Asshole Consensus on English Wikipedia

  • Bryce Peake

When schools discourage reporting, they collude with many societal forces to cover up sexual violence. Sexual violence thrives on secrecy. – Jennifer Freyd, ’Official Campus Statistics for Sexual Violence Mislead’ Spring 2014 was a long season, marked by a campus-wide anti-rape movement that took off at the University of Oregon (UO). In the wake of … Continue reading WP:THREATENING2MEN: Misogynist Infopolitics and the Hegemony of the Asshole Consensus on English Wikipedia

Curating with a Click: The Art That Participatory Media Leaves Behind

  • Bonnie Ruberg

Abstract: At a moment when technological participation seems to promise to bring innovation and democratic access to the contemporary museum, the results from one community-curated exhibit suggest that conservative cultural biases continue to shape the American public’s taste in art. In 2013, the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania collected more than 10,000 online votes … Continue reading Curating with a Click: The Art That Participatory Media Leaves Behind

Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology
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