Editing this issue together also taught us much about the open peer review process we are refining. On one hand, we were reminded of the fragility of online communication, especially when the painful work of critique is involved, and just how much labor needs to be poured into communicating clearly and straightforwardly. On the other hand, we relished the opportunity to read original and provocative new work and to try to provide meaningful feedback and advice for revision, even in those cases where we ultimately decided not to publish contributions.
Congratulations to Editors Radhika Gajjala and Carol Stabile for the launch of Ada Issue no. 7: Open Call. This issue opened up Ada to a range of disciplines, facilitating both a depth and a breadth of articles:
- In “Of Headshots and Hugs: Challenging Hypermasculinity through The Walking Dead Play,” Kristina Bell, Nicholas Taylor, and Christopher Kampe provide a microethnographic study of two young African American men’s game play and their reflections on playing Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead game.
- “Inverto,” in the words of artist Alison Bennett follows “the process of physically aligning gender identity with embodied presence.”
- Bonnie Ruberg’s “Curating with a Click,” analyzes how making curatorial practices interactive and accessible can result not only in excluding artwork that challenges “dominant norms of gendered or racial privilege,” but in excluding art by women and people of color specifically.
- In “‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ When Marginality Meets Academic Microcelebrity,” Tressie McMillam-Cottom explores the disproportionate price women of color pay for the online public presences academics are increasingly being encouraged to pursue.
- Bryce Peake also addresses online harassment in his “WP:THREATENING2MEN: Misogynist Infopolitics and the Hegemony of the Asshole Consensus on English Wikipedia,” an ethnographic account of how Wikipedia policies work to facilitate online harassment.
- Lori Beth De Hertogh brings a disability studies perspective to understanding how new normals reinscribe old patterns of oppression in “Reinscribing a New Normal: Pregnancy, Disability, and Health 2.0 in the Online Natural Birthing Community, Birth Without Fear.”
Read, comment, and share! And look out for the announcement of the Open Peer Review session commencing for Ada, Issue 8 on Ada Peer Review — launching April 25th!