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Apr 21

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Did men invent this?

So I’ve been talking with my friend about the effect on the internet (and computers in general) of the overwhelming male influence (the high percentage of male ITers, coders, what have you) and simultaneously formatting the blog-comments sections of my forthcoming novel Gender Fraud: a fiction and I realize the ‘reply’ design (widgets?) for comments are incredibly not up to the task: a back-and-forth conversation would result in a long horizontal stream which, after just a few exchanges, the replies wold have to be squished into a one-inch column. Better to have incorporated some sort of all-comments-on-a-subthread-are-aligned principle.

Which suggests two questions: Are men in general unaccustomed to extended conversational exchange? Is the ideal conversation for them, the imagined conversation, one in which a reply is a single blow that establishes victory, the end?

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