POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Gerhard Richter, Reading, 1996
Did The Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente bother doing any research at all before penning her article Why are bloggers male? I’m asking because she’s written close to 700 words on the subject of blogging being “a guy thing” and according to a 2009 study on the subject of content creation, remixing and sharing amongst teens and adults there are no major differences in gender.
Of course, the piece has now created enough online controversy that the paper has scheduled an online debate between Margaret Wente and female bloggers. I’m not sure why this is necessary since the entire column is based on a fallacy. The paper would do better to cite the pew results and explain why no one thought to question the biases that created such an out of touch op-ed column. As far as I’m concerned, this piece should have never seen the light of day.