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Impromptu crowd science and the mystery of the Bechdel-Wallace test movement

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posted on 20.04.2017 by Cosima Rughinis, Reiner Rughinis, Bogdana Huma
© 2016 Authors.We propose the concept of 'impromptu crowd science' to analyze the Bechdel-Wallace movement. We argue that the practice of using this test to evaluate movies generates a form of digitally distributed knowledge that reveals a challenging conceptual impasse. The current organization of the movement, mainly through blog and newspaper articles, quantitative analyses and wiki syntheses, does not encourage the formulation of theoretically innovative answers, remaining captive in a rhetorical style of balancing pros-and-cons. We propose that hybridizations between such impromptu crowd science and academic inquiries could stimulate crowd theorizing, and we extend this challenge as an invitation for HCI researchers.

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School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Volume

07-12-May-2016

Pages

487 - 500

Citation

RUGHINIS, C., RUGHINIS, R. and HUMA, B., 2016. Impromptu crowd science and the mystery of the Bechdel-Wallace test movement. IN: CHI EA '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, San Jose, CA, May 07-12. New York, NY, USA: ACM, pp. 487-500.

Publisher

© Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2016

Notes

© Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2016. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in CHI EA '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2851581.2892580

ISBN

9781450340823

Language

en

Location

San Jose, CA, USA

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