CONvergence: Growing Up Online

The second of my three panels from SkepchickCON at CONvergence. I grew up online and was probably in the first generation that would have had the opportunity to spend all of my formative years on the internet (if you include that hairy period where the “internet” was a series of BBSs and the connections you made were over 300-baud modems).

This panel discusses the difference between “online” and “meatspace”, e.g. that there is no real difference, just that “online” is a sort of shadow-culture that evolves in parallel with “meatspace”. We also discuss flame wars and their genesis, which Stephanie posts about in greater detail.


Panelists include Stephanie Zvan, Heina Dadabhoy of Skepchick, Anne Sauer of Mad Art Lab, Ashley Hamer also of MAL, and Dr. Barbara Burke (the only one of us with credentials and prior research!).

Since this panel was pretty heavily a discussion, I passed the mp3 through a few normalization filters to try to pull out and increase the volume for the audience questions/feedback. Let me know if it’s still insufficient, because it’ll take directly amplifying those parts to get it any clearer without exploding eardrums on the applause/laughter or some of us panelists who were really close to the phone (e.g. me).

The MP3 file for those who’d prefer to download and listen later is right here – download link 19 megs. If you’d like a higher bitrate version for some reason, remove “-lr” from the URL. (No, I’m not making it easy for you. It’s bigger, without much added value.)

CONvergence: Growing Up Online

4 thoughts on “CONvergence: Growing Up Online

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    I thought it was a great discussion. Coming from the same generation as Stephanie (first got email at the VAX labs in college), I especially appreciated Anne’s and Ashley’s contributions. But really thoughtful stuff all around!

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    I passed the mp3 through a few normalization filters to try to pull out and increase the volume

    Protip: For best results, select only quiet regions then normalize (or for consistent volume, deamplify spikes then normalize everything).
    Normalizing amplifies until the tallest peak hits the ceiling. Brief spikes like applause and equipment noise make the filter less effective.

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