April 21, 2007

Re-public: Re-imagining Democracy in our own (male) Image

Category: Books/Articles,F/OSS,Not Wholesome,Politics,Tech — Biella @ 6:14 am

The online journal re-public: re-imagining democracy has a handful of articles on collaboration and wikipedia, adding to two special issues on reimagining the commons.

Many are good.

But I am disturbed over the true paucity of diverse voices, including women. The recent slew of articles does not have even one authored by a woman and there are only 2 represented in the re-imagining the commons special issues.

Given that there are many woman researchers and practitioners who do work on this material, I honestly don’t think this represents a lack but a problematic oversight. Problematic most especially because they are “re-imagining democracy,” and this does not look to imaginative to me.


  1. Oh boy, I suppose that is sadly ironic given I was writing about gender!

    Comment by Joseph Reagle — April 23, 2007 @ 4:49 am

  2. Hey Joe,

    Actually I don’t like it either when the “minority perspective” is only provided by the said minority (there are real problematic issues there concerning the politics of authenticity that I will maybe one day write about). But I did find it ironic that there were no female voices in the recent collection and frankly they seem to be just lagging in that capacity all around… Maybe someone should point it out to them? Could it be they don’t even see it?

    Comment by Biella — April 23, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

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