Internet culture

Let's Get Digital

Let's Get Digital
Article by Katherine Cross, Illustrated by Amy Martin, appeared in issue Love/Lust; published in 2014; filed under Internet culture.
The prejudices—and the potential—of gaming and erotic roleplaying

Illustrations by Amy Martin

Ask any World of Warcraft player about “Goldshire” and you’ll likely hear more than a little embarrassed giggling. The small town just outside the human capital of Stormwind is a known hotbed of ERP—shorthand for erotic roleplaying—derided but secretly loved in the gaming world in a way that mirrors the physical world’s vexed relationship with sexuality.

Eating Out

Eating Out
An interview with Samantha Irby by JJ Keith, Illustrated by Kami Jeanne, appeared in issue Food; published in 2013; filed under Books, Internet culture.
Real talk with Meaty's Samantha Irby

While on her way to get cheeseburgers with a friend, Samantha Irby decided to start a blog, mostly to impress a dude she had just met on the Internet. Since she was at that very moment loosening her belt to accommodate said cheeseburgers, she decided to call her new blog Bitches Gotta Eat. Four years later, the blog has outlasted the relationship.

Game Changer

Game Changer
Article by Katherine Cross, appeared in issue Habit{at}; published in 2012; filed under Internet culture.
Why Gaming Culture Allows Abuse... and How We Can Stop It

Illustration by Jasmine Silver.

Pinned Down

Pinned Down
Article by Tammy Oler, appeared in issue Elemental; published in 2012; filed under Internet culture.
Is Pinterest as girly as the media paints it? And if so, who cares?

In February 2012, media outlets took quite an interest in the budding social network Pinterest, and female users were at the center of nearly every story.

Comics Alliance: Inking Outside the Box

Article by Sarah Mirk, appeared in issue Fame + Fortune; published in 2012; filed under Internet culture.
A profile on editor Laura Hudson

“Reports of my boobs and fists have been greatly exaggerated,” says Laura Hudson, staring at a webcomic that depicts her with enormous versions of both, under the headline, “What I’m Offended About This Week!”

Better Homes & Bloggers

Better Homes & Bloggers
Article by Holly Hilgenberg, Illustrated by Leslie A. Wood, appeared in issue Frontier; published in 2012; filed under Internet culture.
Are lifestyle blogs a new way for women to compare themselves and come up short?

Illustration by Leslie A. Wood — Better Homes & Bloggers tote now at Bitchmart!  

Today, Elsie Larson is wearing gold. “I’m kinda obsessed with gold lately,” she writes, “Gold details, jewelry, even metallic fabrics like this gold skirt that [my sister] Emma wore.” Kaylah Doolan has decorated her home for Christmas and shares photos of the end result— reindeer lights and tinsel decorating hallways, a ceramic elf perched on top of a stack of DVDs, Christmas tins by her bright blue typewriter. Abbey Hendrickson has five new things she recently found “in blogland” to share, including knit sea urchins, Free People boots, and quirkily wrapped gifts. Anja Verdugo recently worked on a “soft goth” photo shoot and documented the event with pictures of yellow and pink roses and makeup brushes next to a container of various lip balms.

Such is a day in the world of lifestyle blogging, an increasingly popular genre that women dominate.

Young, Awkward, and Black

Young, Awkward, and Black
An interview with Issa Rae by Kjerstin Johnson, Illustrated by Erika Johnston, appeared in issue Underground; published in 2011; filed under Internet culture.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl's Issa Rae Gets Comfortable With Success

Illustration by Erika Johnston

“Should I say hi again? She knows I’m here.” J slinks along the hallway of Gutbusters, the diet-pill company she works for, to avoid seeing the new hire she keeps running into. Growing impatient with the situation’s awkwardness, J wonders, “Does this girl live in the hallway?”

Mothers of Intention

Mothers of Intention
An interview with Veronica Arreola, Shay Stewart-Bouley, Renee Martin, Arwyn Daemyir, Deesha Philyaw by Bitch Magazine, Illustrated by Jasmine Silver, appeared in issue Red; published in 2011; filed under Internet culture.
Five bloggers on race and erasure in the mommy blogosphere
Red

Several months ago, Bitch published a piece on the vexing economy of mom blogs and the contentious personalities that have come to define their corner of the Internet, for better or worse. The discussion it sparked wasn’t about whether mom blogs were, on balance, good or bad—it was about why they were so...white.

Pork Underbelly

Article by Jessica Critcher, appeared in issue Reverb; published in 2011; filed under Internet culture; tagged eating contest, web series.

If you know your way around an Internet meme, you've probably heard of the online cooking show Epic Meal Time, a Food Network–meets–Jackass celebration of heart-clogging lowbrow cuisine. Each Tuesday, its rowdy Canadian creators cook up something both imaginative (Chili Four Loko, for instance), gross (meat salad), or, more likely, both (the Thanksgiving episode found them taking Turducken a few carnivorous steps further, stuffing five different game birds into a pig). The show has become understandably famous for its humor, its gratuitous use of bacon, and the creators' proud disregard for suggested fat and cholesterol intake. (Each episode features a calorie and fat count with numbers that regularly reach the tens of thousands.) But what's been less discussed is EMT's more uncomfortably cavalier attitude toward women.

It's Hard Out Here For a Pop

It's Hard Out Here For a Pop
Article by Rachel Fudge, Illustrated by Thom Glick, appeared in issue Primal; published in 2011; filed under Internet culture.
With all the pixels expended on the annual female-blogging extravaganza known as BlogHer, you might be forgiven for having overlooked the very first Modern Media Man Summit, a heavily sponsored and branded affair held this past September in Atlanta. Targeting "the blogosphere's top men and dad bloggers," M3 promised to "change everything"—presumably by connecting dad bloggers to new and improved products and branding opportunities from corporations like GM and T-Mobile. While some BlogHer attendees complain about the ever-increasing commercialization of the convention, the organizers of M3 are eager to get in on the brand-pitch action, cleverly positioning the newest iteration of the New Man as, well, a housewife: "Today's Modern Media Man now is a domestic engineer. He cooks, cleans and often times stays home while the woman of the home goes off to the traditional office job. Men do an increased level of the family shopping, are taking an increasing role in rearing the children and are creating a new definition of what happens in a home."
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