A possible explanation for why tumblr is mostly female (and why reddit is not)
The time span of the various communities have been in existence long enough that the “it started with X gender” argument is not true. Facebook started primarily as male, because men are more likely to be early adopters. But as a product progresses (a la facebook) the gender evens out.
The real question is: why haven’t the genders balanced out over the long life span of these two applications?
So here’s the argument [based off of an area of social sciences that you don’t assign a badge for on this community: technology science?, I digress].
Tumblr is essentially unique among social networks in that it is a one way service. It requires (asks) less of its users than a blog [meaning the barrier to participation is low] and requires less interaction from its users than other performance display spaces such as Twitter or Blogs [meaning the barrier to ongoing participation is low].
aside: There’s a hierarchy of participation on social networks: Take your entire readership as 100% only 10% are going to actively contribute to a community such as reddit This group tends to be male. Only 1% are going to be extremely invested/top perfomers in a given community. Less gender skewed.
Basically reddit, digg, active twitter appeal to that specific 10%.
Tumblr has captured a niche which is that casual 90%. The lurkers.
Now look at casual gaming. Basically all of video games have strongly appealed to men. This isn’t because the games were strictly masculine. Its because of the time and investment appealed strongly to those who were already invested/interested in the technology. Women are now the majority of gamers, when you include casual [low barrier to participation] gaming.
So basically, my argument is that Tumblr has effectively enable the casual internet user in ‘creating’ content in a way that Wordpress, Reddit have failed to do so. Tumblr is primarily female for the same reason that “casual gamers” are primarily female. I’d propose that we stop generalizing about gender (although an issue, tied into the culture of tech geekiness, not deterministic in and of it’s self) and instead talk about “barriers to participation.” Many male users of Tumblr are the lurkers, the “new” to the web (your parents, the elderly) and those who have less time (yes, gender studies, parenting, burden of childcare conversation fits in here).
Anyway this is why Tumblr is primarily female. And it has nothing to do with “artsy-fartsy” gender stereotypes.
Architects: UNStudio, Ben van Berkel with Arjan Dingsté and Marc Hoppermann, Marc Herschel, Derrick Diporedjo, Kristin Sandner, Rein Werkhoven Location: Arnhem, the Netherlands Client: ProRail, utrecht Engineering: Movares Contractor: DAM-Dura Vermeer Gross Roof Area: approximately 8700 m2 Dimensions: 4 platform roofs of approximately 210 metres long, with varying widths from 9-14 metre Structure and materials: steel, aluminum and cold formed glass roofs Start of construction: 2009 Planned completion date: 2011
In terms of scale, we typically feature massive projects by UNStudio – such as their Kutaisi Airport, planning scheme for Union Station, and grand performance venues – which all bring the contemporary aesthetic of Ben van Berkel to meet the projects’ respective programmatic and contextual demands. Recently, van Berkel’s team has crafted a covering for the Netherlands’ central rail line, bringing their elegant touch to a structure blanketing four train platforms measuring 210 meters in length.
More about the platform coverings after the break.
The number of passengers passing through Arnhem Central continues to grow, as the station converts several regional routes and high speed trains to Germany. The increase in user flow has placed stress on the existing railway infrastructure which is now being substantially revitalized.
As part of this effort, UNStudio has designed platform roofs to replace the existing coverings, and cover a new added fourth platform. Working off the idea of providing a sense of light and space, large roof lights, the glossy white materiality and abundance of glass provide an open atmosphere.
The elevated footbridge is fully integrated with the design, connecting the different platforms to each other and with the north entrance of the train station. The electrified system has also been integrated into the roof structure, giving a uniform appearance across all platforms.
Remember the 2008 election campaign? The financial markets were going crazy, and banks that were “too big to fail” were bailed out by the government. Smug EU officials proclaimed that all was well within the EU—even while they were bailing out a number of financial institutions. Fast forward to 2012, and the EU is looking at hard times. Greece can’t pay its debt. Italy can, but the markets don’t trust it to be able to. Spain and Portugal are teetering around like toddlers just waiting for the market to give them one good push. Members of the public are behaving like teenagers, screaming “F**k you,” while flipping the bird. The markets are reacting like drunk parents, and the resulting bruises are going to take a while to heal.
In all of this, uninformed idiots blame the Greeks for being lazy, the Germans for being too strict, and everyone but themselves. Newspapers, blogs, and television are filled with wise commentary hailing the return of the gold standard, the breakup of the Euro, or any number of sensible and not-so-sensible ideas. How are we to parse all this information? Do any of these people know what they are talking about? And if anyone does, how can we know which ones to listen to? The research of Dunning and Kruger may well tell us there is no way to figure out the answers to any of these questions. That is kind of scary.
Eric Simons is a 19-year-old entrepreneur who lived for two months in the AOL HQ in Palo Alto. Simons was given a badge while participating in Imagine K12, an education incubator housed at AOL. When the program ended, Simons’s badge continued to work. So he stayed, sleeping on one of three couches, showering in the gym, and eating for free in the cafeteria. There’s a walled garden joke in here, maybe even a domain squatting joke, too.
For someone with neither money nor an aversion to sleeping on others’ couches, the AOL building had plenty of allure. “They had a gym there with showers,” Simons said. “I’d take a shower after work. I was like, ‘I could totally work here…They have food upstairs, they have every drink on tap. This would be a sweet place to live.’”
It’s too bad Simons didn’t keep a Tumblr of his two months living at AOL, he’d have a book deal already. (via ★andrewsimone)
Ayyo this the Big Ghost aka the Mighty Hands of Zeus aka Galaxy Knuckles aka Thor Molecules aka Volcano Hands aka Phantom Raviolis aka the Inventor of Slaps aka Illustrious Panty Melter aka P-Tone aka Starky Love Aka Theodore Dini aka Ironman Starks aka Testosterone Tone aka the Wally Champ otherwise known as the one ‘n only Cocaine Biceps namsayin’?
This is long, but worth reading. Re: the fresh prince
for real the narrative of fresh prince is kinda fucked up. he goes to live an upperclass life and gradually forgets his roots in philly where his own biological mother lives to fend for herself. he goes back in one episode but his three friends are a charicature of blacks, especially the one big guy who is almost retarded. he is eventually “rescued” by carlton and they safely make it back to bel air. in a christmas episode, they invite reagan over because they live on the same street. ronald fucking reagan. the episode where will’s activist aunt comes over to visit? she’s portrayed as an irresponsible quasi-terrorist and uncle phil goes on a big rant about “we decided we could do the most change by fighting within the system” but let’s be real (ignoring for now that he’s a lawyer and still offers no legal counsel to will’s aunt, instead they tell her to hit the road and she goes back underground), he’s a petit bourgeois aristocrat who has a fucking black house-servant, who the show writers obviously gave a british upper-class accent to further mystify and distract. if he spoke with an accent most real black house servants would speak with in bel air, and uncle phil came in speaking his hyper-correct upper-class affectation and hilary wanted 300$ to go buy some alligator-skin boots, it would be a lot more uncomfortable without the british accent. will smith enrolls in an upper-class private school modelled after the kind of exclusive institutions perfected in turn of the century britain, the kind of education routinely denied to millions of american blacks simply by virtue of being born into the wrong skin and class. A school where probably 40 years earlier there might have been not only no black students, but a healthy undercurrent of racism in the classroom and hallway. A very interesting scene occurs when will first arrives at the school and wears his jacket inside out, an inversion that, although presents quite a display of colour, leaves the whole institution of the school or idea of dress code unchallenged in any meaningful sense. Of course the other mainly white students are quick to appropriate his statement for themselves, also flipping their jacket inside out and if I remember correctly also trying to imitate some of his cool urban speech patterns. Finally, everybody remembers the iconic scene where uncle phil throws jazzy jeff, embodying authentic black culture and the up-and-coming (still at the time political) hip hop movement, out the front door of their mansion. I’ve said my piece. In later years will smith would pretend act the story of a poor father trying to make it in america, predictably of course he perseveres and fulfills the american dream of social mobility.