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Testimony: Courtney

Courtney in 1992

first let me say i love your blog.  i when i was younger, i often feared the days when i would hear/read/watch someone saying the words, “back in the 90s”, but now that those days have come, i actually really, really love it.  i was born in 1980, so by the time i hit my teenage years i was right in the middle of grunge, at the tail end of MTV actually showing music videos, knee deep in weekends at the mall, ripe to discover third wave feminism and the zine revolution.  i found your blog as a link on kathleen hanna’s own, and after reading just a few entries i remembered exactly why riot girl punk, the diy movement, perzines, and records stores saved my life.  it was something i needed, because sometimes when you’re 29, you wake up and all that idealism that had you marching in protest of the iraq war and forcing your dad to listen to bikini kill on road trips home from college gets flushed away in the soul sucking vaccuum of adulthood.

Courtney in 1999

i know exactly how i became a 90’s woman and i owe it all to the internet.  my family got online early, and my parents encouraged us to use the internet – then a tangled mess of code, usenet groups, and bulletin boards – to entertain us while they were at work.  i was a very sheltered, very smart child who lived in a house with a lot of rules that kept me cooped up inside with cable television and baby sitter’s club books as substitutes for friends.  in early high school, i was starting to develop into a solitary, quirky, quiet girl who loved mystery science theater 3000, nirvana, and reading about the manson family when a bulletin board on the (i think) defunct prodigy internet service introduced me to some young ladies from all over the country who were into these things called zines.

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Is Journalism Getting More 90s-Womanish?

Kara, I’m just throwing this out there because we mentioned Jezebel earlier and I think this is relevant to us: Maureen Tzacik has a million-page article in CJR about the past, present and future of journalism. She writes:

When the Internet forced journalism to compete economically after
years of monopoly, journalism panicked and adopted some of the worst
examples of the nothing-based economy, in which success depends on the
continued infantilization of both supply and demand. At the same time,
journalism clung to its myths of objectivity and detachment, using
them to dismiss the emerging blogger threat as something unserious and
fundamentally parasitic, even as it produced a steady stream of
obsessive but sneering trend stories on the blogosphere.

That seems pretty dead-on to me.

P.S. Okay, I am now shutting up. Can you tell it’s been a slow news day?

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