Hierarchies of Access

November 5, 2015


[This is the text (and slides) of a short presentation I gave as part of a panel at the Social Media & Society Conference, back in July in Toronto, Canada. My fellow panel presenters were Laura Pasquini, Bonnie Stewart, Rebecca J. Hogue, and Jessica Knott. I had to present via video due to funding and visa restrictions, and I’d like […]

Posted in: conferences

The Fallacy of “Open”

June 27, 2015


[This is the text (and slides) of the presentation I gave at the HASTAC 2015 conference in East Lansing in May 2015. Please note that many links will take you directly to a pdf of the article referenced.] My presentation today is part of a larger work-in-progress that is essentially my dissertation, and I want […]

Posted in: communities


February 9, 2015


the more I search for myself, the more I am lost. the more I try to see myself reflected in the world, the less I see. the more I look to what I know, the less I realize I know. the more I try to belong, the further removed I am.       I […]

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Posted in: reflection


August 24, 2014


I observe communities. I try to understand what makes communities come together and then cohere, how communities work to include and exclude people, what the parameters of that inclusion and exclusion are, and what effect that might have on people within and without those communities. we can form community around our love of coffee, our […]

Posted in: cliqueonomics


November 4, 2012


New York City on a Friday night… … party people drunkenly looking for pizza. … lovers making out under the lamps in Washington Square Park. … a couple in their 30s, looking at each other like teenagers in the first blush of love. … dudes returning from a concert, “I processed this data differently when I […]

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on death

April 25, 2012


today I looked in the mirror and said to myself, “you’re going to die in about 30 years.” then I burst into tears. I looked some more and said, “so many people, so much love. it hasn’t been a bad life.” and cried some more, but smiled through my tears… because love makes life worth […]

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Posted in: online life, reflection

gender neutral starts with me

March 30, 2012


a colleague was asking for feedback on something he was designing for a class. him: “they choose their avatar… they can choose a boy avatar or a girl avatar.” me: “do you have any non-boy or non-girl avatar options?” him, making ‘come ON sava’ eyes at me: “sava, these are 12-year-olds.” me: “all the more […]

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Posted in: gender, opinion