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Adria Richards Link Roundup

Those who follow me on Twitter and ADN likely know that I've been linking a lot about the Adria Richards situation. Now that Faruk Ateş has rounded up a good selection of articles on her case, including many I've linked to myself, I thought I would include these here for posterity. I may not agree with every point made in these pieces (though I do agree with the vast majority of them) but all of them are worthy of your time.

Soraya Chemaly: Online Threats Against Women Aren’t Trivial and Don’t Happen in a Vacuum

Aja Romano: In defense of Adria Richards and call-out culture

Janet D. Stemwedel: Naming, shaming, victim-blaming: thoughts on Adria Richards and PyCon

Chris Yeh: Sexism in tech is like an onion--it has many layers and makes people cry

Christie Koehler: Bold Ideas Uttered Publicly: Pycon, Richards And Responding To Conduct Violations

P.Z. Myers: Adria Richards did everything exactly right

Stephanie Zvan: Not in Public!

Dani Alexis: How Adria Richards Spoke For Me


Double Standards

What I find interesting, too, is that it's the same people who are currently slamming Microsoft for abandoning (effectively) the Windows 7 interface with Metro who are also slamming Apple for not abandoning the familiar, well-worn app launcher interface on iOS.


App.net and the Problem of Intent

I wanted to write something like this piece myself in response to John Siracusa's misunderstanding of the "white flight" argument. Thankfully, Jamelle Bouie saved me the trouble and did a much better job.


On Writing In The Internet Economy

Alan Williamson:

The model of not paying for things is a fundamentally broken one. It should have died when the dotcom bubble burst, but it has resurged with the proliferation of ad-supported apps (mainly on Android phones) and free information via Facebook and Twitter. […] As journalism has shifted from tangible products like newspapers and magazines to blogs and websites, it’s harder to justify charging users- which is why paywalls don’t work, either, because they run counter to our expectations of how a site should operate. Writing for free is not the cause of this, but it’s certainly a catalyst.


You Can’t Start the Revolution from the Country Club

It’s easy to say “we’ll fix that later”. And that makes sense for any of the bugs that fall into the first two categories of the social web’s radical agenda. You can fix the tech or the user experience after you ship.

But you can’t fix a broken culture once it’s been set on its way. You can’t take the power of privilege away from those who are gifted with it as a network is born. All you can do is try to distribute that power as broadly as possible early on, while your network is still forming, in order to allow for the serendipity and inclusiveness that will let a piece of technology reach its highest potential.

Anil Dash articulates my concerns (and links to two other great pieces) about app.net and the tendency for geeky projects to be exclusionary rather than inclusive.