Ada Lovelace Day!

Hi Everyone:
Just wanted to join in on this great idea — blogging on women in technology as part of an international celebration: Ada Lovelace Day! You can find out more specifically about Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first computer programs for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine during the 19th century by the organizer of today’s event, Suw Charman-Anderson’s, site.

I thought what I would do for my participation in the day would be to write something a bit more on the meta-side. That is, I decided I would blog about bloggers and specifically what all these great new tools of technology have meant for women to connect and write stories and histories that had previously been hidden, misrepresented, ignored or trivialized. Digital tools, like Blogger, WordPress, Twitter, etc., have the potential not only to distribute this information, but also to to link us in very powerful ways and in an ever expanding network.

We need only look to the post below by Joan Myers on the Fatty Arbuckle trial as a case in point. The Arbuckle case has certainly spilled its share of ink, but very little on the gendered discourse surrounding the trial nor much on Virginia Rappe herself (except as the “cause” of Arbuckle’s supposedly unwarranted fall from grace). Joan’s approach to the case is unique indeed, and I am hoping I can convince her to share more of her extensive research with us on this site. It is the sort of story that is made for a blog since it is a counter history, something that works against the received and entrenched ideas on the topic and thus perhaps not easy to publish within more traditional historical venues.

And then of course there is the amazing Marilyn Slater, who has posted here on this site with regard to silent cinema and early 20th century women’s cultural history. She is the author of the Looking for Mabel site that I have found to be such an ongoing inspirational work on the silent film star and director, Mabel Normand.   Not only is Marilyn a wonderful scholar, she is fabulous for putting folks together (e.g., I met Joan through Marilyn!).     Marilyn taught me the possibilities of the 21st C. online archive form as well as a research rigor that surpasses many in academia, and a generosity and enthusiasm for her research that is truly unmatched. 
I would be remiss if I didn’t include something on Twitter — one of the best online tools for sharing information.   I should also point to my favorite twitter feeds these days as they are now my daily injections of data on what is happening –here are two amazing sources that I look to every morning to get me going:  first, Christy Dena’s web/twitter feed on transmedia.
Seriously, almost too much info for you to take in – Christy is the rock star of transmedia so she gets a special shout out from here.
 
Then, Lina Srivastava’s blog on transmedia activism is a focused take on all these new tools and storytelling with particular attention to issues of social change.    Both Christy and Lina’s sites feature wonderful and smart writing on digital media, but it is truly their amazing twitter feeds that teach me so much about contemporary media happenings and the potential for change.
There are many more amazing women and sites to point to, but these are some of my favorite places to visit right now and which seem to be in the spirit of the Ada Lovelace celebratory day!
 
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