Issue 20

the Week of April 27, 2015
Data visualization: Colorful, fireworks-like connections of clustered points.

In this issue, we cover advice for women starting out in tech, how STEM professions are portrayed in mass media, and the problems with how we talk about imposter syndrome. We explore the role of emerging technologies in addressing chronic disease, and how American technology culture reflects systemic oppression in the country. Plus, combatting the dominant design of fitness apps, and how legitimacy and erasure function in social media activism. Photo CC-BY Andy Wilkinson, cropped and filtered.

Social Media Activism And The Problem With Legitimacy

As much as social media activism has evolved, it cannot escape its dependency on oppressive norms, ripping the legitimacy of movements from their creators.

Watches with various health-related symbols featured on the screen: sleep, fitness, mood.

Exercise Without Failure: Building Fitness Apps As Narrative Games

Technologies have politics and games have aesthetics, but neither of these factors are immutable; there might still be time to rewrite the purpose of the iPhone’s accelerometer and motion co-processor.

Series of globes in a museum display.

Where Tech Culture Meets Healthcare: Chronic Disease and The Promise of New Interventions

Startups need to stop working in silos, engaging doctors, health care administrators, communities and other system players.

Note taped to a window reading 'You must believe in yourself'.

The Trouble with Imposters

Tech culture doles out imposter syndrome on one side, hubris on the other.

American flag mounted high over an urban setting.

Dreaming: Holding Onto the Hope of Justice in Technology and America

American technology culture is reflective and a result of American systemic racism and sexism.

Male cast members of Silicon Valley sitting around computers in an office space.

Gender, Race and Stereotypes in “Scorpion”, “Silicon Valley” and “Big Bang Theory”

There are a variety of shows featuring other professions that portray diverse, dynamic, likeable characters. Why can’t we have the same for STEM careers?

Shiny red apple on wood table.

Advice for Women Entering the Tech Industry

At the end of the day, there’s no way to sugarcoat this: you will encounter difficulty, you will experience discrimination and harassment both in the workplace and in the larger community. Leaning in doesn’t solve everything, and leaving isn’t always the right choice for you.

by Kat Li

This issue is made possible in part by some of our generous readers: Igor, Aleen Simms, Matt Pruitt, Jordan Kay, Josh Lucas, Jacques Labuschagne, Christian Müller, Ashe Dryden and vexorian.