Blogging For Feminism, and Other Flights of Fancy

Media girl has up a poll about what feminist priorities should be for 2005.

My favorite was using blogs to reach people. But as much as I love the idea of blogging as being a bit like consciousness-raising groups (“You mean it’s not just me?”), there’s a big problem with it:

The internet isn’t free. It’s not in everybody’s home, and unless you have broadband or wireless internet, reading or creating blogs is pretty much a hopeless cause. You’ll never be able to keep up. If you’re savvy, you might create your own newsfeed of favs so you don’t have to visit each every morning, but that means a couple of Saturdays spent with a sloooooooowwww dial-up connection trying to find blogs (probably initially starting with google and moving on to blogrolls from there). You’ve gotta have the leisure time, which means people who work 12 hours a day (not at a cooshy office job like mine where I can screw off) and then put in a second shift with kids and housework aren’t going to have the time to do it.

I’m a big proponent of free wifi, though as someone who works in telecommunications, I can tell you that all the telephone and wireless companies are fighting like SOBs to keep wifi private – and as long as you can surf around for porn, you’re going to see this administration protecting private businesses by preaching that tax payer dollars shouldn’t go toward paying for teenagers to surf for porn.

And it means most of the red states go radio silent.

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