Chicago, IL August 8, 2015
Blogging, online culture, and institutional inequality

While women-focused/feminist online publishing endeavors such as Jezebel and The Hairpin continue to grow in number and popularity, online publishing draws lower comparative salaries and start-up funding for women and people of color. I will look at the dovetailing and clashing forces that informed the development of the current online publishing environment: the utopian ethos of hacker and open source culture and the expression and subversive nature of 90′s print zine culture and early blogging. I will also look at how institutional gender and racial inequality has remained a constant element of both print and online publishing.