Issue #9

Introduction: Open Call

  • Radhika Gajjala
  • Carol Stabile

Issue 9 of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology brings together an array of nuanced and intersectional discussions around current topics of significance to research on gender, technology and new media. The articles in this issue offer critical explorations of topics ranging from digitizing knowledge the construction of femmescapes through blogging the … Continue reading Introduction: Open Call

Bina48: Gender, Race, and Queer Artificial Life

  • Shelleen M. Greene

By Shelleen M. Greene Abstract: Bina48, an artificial intelligence modeled after an African American woman, achieves radical political potential not by way of the trope of bodily transcendence and networked disembodiment, but rather, through her convergence of cybernetics, queer, and racial emancipatory politics toward possible hybrid, future constructions of self. Introduction: Bina48’s ‘Shadow’ Body In … Continue reading Bina48: Gender, Race, and Queer Artificial Life

Digitizing Books, Obscuring Women’s Work: Google Books, Librarians, and Ideologies of Access

  • Anna Lauren Hoffmann
  • Raina Bloom

By Anna Lauren Hoffmann and Raina Bloom Abstract: From a broad historical and cultural standpoint, Google Books concerns the imposition of ideals of technological rationality and efficiency typical of search engine technology onto entire collections of recorded human knowledge. As a large-scale information infrastructure, it radically reorganizes relations between the technologies, institutions, and individuals that … Continue reading Digitizing Books, Obscuring Women’s Work: Google Books, Librarians, and Ideologies of Access

Editing Diversity In: Reading Diversity Discourses on Wikipedia

  • Maggie MacAulay
  • Rebecca Visser

By Maggie MacAulay and Rebecca Visser Abstract: Wikipedia has a diversity problem. The encyclopedia that ‘anyone can edit’ can only identify 13% of its editors as women, despite it being the seventh most visited site on the web with over 18 billion page views. Through individual grants, edit-a-thons, blog articles, and international conferences, the Wikimedia Foundation … Continue reading Editing Diversity In: Reading Diversity Discourses on Wikipedia

Critical Blogging: Constructing Femmescapes Online

  • Andi Schwartz

By Andi Schwartz Abstract: By looking at two queer femme blogs, this paper argues that online spaces can be used as sites of political resistance and arenas for developing queer identities and communities. This paper frames blogging as political activity by using prefigurative politics and the concepts “queerscapes” and “virtual boundary publics.” Introduction A lot … Continue reading Critical Blogging: Constructing Femmescapes Online

Daddy Issues: Constructions of Fatherhood in The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite

  • Gerald Voorhees

Abstract: This paper examines the dadification of digital games, the trend in which players are positioned as father (figures). Comparing the way fatherhood is imagined in The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite on both ludological and representational registers reveals contesting constructs of masculinity with different relations to feminist politics. Pointing to the increasing prevalence … Continue reading Daddy Issues: Constructions of Fatherhood in The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite

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