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Title: Impromptu crowd science and the mystery of the Bechdel-Wallace test movement
Authors: Rughinis, Cosima
Rughinis, Reiner
Huma, Bogdana
Keywords: Crowd science
Citizen science
Digitally distributed knowledge
Gender representations
The Bechdel- Wallace test
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
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.
Abstract: © 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.
Description: © 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
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1145/2851581.2892580
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24735
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2851581.2892580
ISBN: 9781450340823
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