Bias on the net?

Cornelius Krasel zxmkr08 at studserv.zdv.uni-tuebingen.de
Wed Mar 17 17:28:14 EST 1993


In <1o7n5qINN25i at dns1.NMSU.Edu> kdurack at dante.nmsu.edu (Katherine Durack) writes:
>As net users, what's your experience? Do you pay attention to or try to
>figure out the ethnicity, gender or disability status of other net users? 
>If you've experienced bias in "the real world," do you experience less
>bias on the net?

Well, I think it is quite difficult to figure out disability status on
the net. It is more easy with ethnicity (by using the address or the
name of a poster) and even more easy with gender. But I personally
don't care for either of them. What counts is what the person has to say.

BTW, the issue of gender is EXTREMELY interesting in the case of MOO's
(or MUDs, which I am used to :-). This is currently being advertised
by Rob Harper :-) Basically it is an on-line multi-user roleplaying
game. Since MUD players are >90% male, very strange things happen if
an apparently female player enters the game. Often this "female player"
has only chosen to be female in the game, but is male in the Real
World (tm). Imagine the situation!

Cornelius.
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