Diversity, Dischmiricity

 Posted by on 26 September 2006 at 12:32 pm  Uncategorized
Sep 262006

Bloggasm recently published its informal survey on diversity in the blogosphere. I did participate, mostly because I wished to express my opinion that such worries about racial and sexual diversity are seriously wrong. That’s particular true in a medium like the blogosphere, since readers don’t know your race or sex unless you choose to disclose it. So here are my answers to the survey:

1. What niche does your blog fall into (if more than one, please list)?

My blog is mostly read by Objectivists and others interested in Ayn Rand’s ideas.

2. What are the genders of all the bloggers who write for your site?

Three male, 1 female.

3. What are the races for all the bloggers who write for your site (if there are any that you’re not sure about, just indicate that you don’t know)?

Three Caucasian, 1 Asian.

4. This last question is optional to answer. Please indicate whether or not it’s fine for me to quote you for this question: What do you think of the diversity of the blogosphere, both in your niche and as a whole?

You may quote me.

I would NEVER EVER EVER choose my co-bloggers based upon race or sex, nor choose to read or link to other blogs on that basis. There’s a very simple reason for that: it would be racist and/or sexist to do so. I judge people by the quality of their writing, their insights, their characters. I do not judge people worthy or unworthy — in any way — based upon race and sex.

Moreover, I would be thoroughly insulted if someone read me (the woman) or my husband (the Asian) for that reason. It would be patronizing. I’m a good writer by human standards, not feminine ones.

In short, the racial and sexual diversity of the blogosphere cannot be some kind of noteworthy controversial issue. People of any sex and any race are free to blog if they so choose. If they’re good, they will gain an audience. If not, they won’t. That’s how the blogosphere works. To act on any other basis is racism and/or sexism.

That’s not terribly eloquent writing, but I think I got my basic point across.

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