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Hanging Out in the Virtual PubMasculinities and Relationships Online$
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Lori Kendall

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230361

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230361.001.0001

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Hungover In the Virtual Pub

Hungover In the Virtual Pub

Power and Identity Online

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Hanging Out in the Virtual Pub
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Kendall Lori

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230361.003.0008

This chapter presents a summary analysis of identity and power on BlueSky. Researchers critically claim that online interaction is more egalitarian or even that it subverts offline hierarchies. As demonstrated by available demographics of online participants, cyberspace remains a realm populated mostly by the white and middle class and is still largely dominated by men. Members of these groups benefit both from the current social structures and, in greater numbers, from online participation and the advantages. The Internet provides a haven from prejudice and social disadvantage, this relieves the more powerful of the responsibility either to change social structures in the offline world or to change their own behavior and beliefs. Online participants can see no evil, hear no evil, and claim to speak no evil without making any attempts to create a more inclusive environment, either offline or online. Online forums such as BlueSky potentially become just more exclusive enclaves to which the privileged can retreat.

Keywords:   BlueSky, cyberspace, middle class, social disadvantages, offline hierarchies

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