Date: 2009-06-02 08:44 pm (UTC)
cofax7: Anne Shirley watching (Anne Shirley Watching)
From: [personal profile] cofax7
Usenet, yes. Except Usenet has always been a rather smaller subset of people: the web is what really opened the internet up for the majority of folks. One of the things that I brought up in OliviaCirce's post is the barrier to entry--and the barrier to entry of using Usenet back in the 90s (or earlier) was really quite high. Which does lead to the perception that SFFdom is basically white, because for a long time only computer professionals and college students had internet access.

I also think it's worth pointing out that Usenet has pretty much fallen by the wayside for many people, and instead one has boards blogs and journaling communities to use, and their level of hierarchy varies widely. I don't think it's coincidental that LJ is (somewhat) non-hierarchical and is also perceived of as the domain of 13-year-old girls talking about body issues (not that there's anything wrong with that). If you give anyone a platform, anyone can have a platform.
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