Poll: What’s the Best Way to Promote Diversity in Media?

    by Mark Glaser
    September 13, 2013
    What's wrong with this picture? Out of 61 people interviewed for the Riptide project, 54 were white males.

    Are we living in a post-racial world? Not quite. In both the traditional media business and the booming new media and tech businesses, the norm remains white men in charge and setting the agenda. There were stark reminders of that all week. The huge Riptide report from the Shorenstein Center and Nieman Lab was a look back at how the news industry was disrupted by technology, with interviews of 61 people — 54 of whom were white males. That prompted a storm of criticism. Business Insider CTO Pax Dickinson was forced out after his Twitter feed came to light from a Valleywag story, including the tweet: “Tech managers spend as much time worrying about how to hire talented female developers as they do worrying about how to hire a unicorn.” And at TechCrunch Disrupt, one of the largest tech conferences, some “brogrammers” thought it was funny to demo an app called TitStare. We know the problem is deep and embedded, but how do we change the ratio (as Rachel Sklar might say)? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments below. And check out a longer discussion on this week’s Mediatwits podcast.

    Tagged: gender media diversity media industry pax dickinson riptide sexism solutions techcrunch

    3 responses to “Poll: What’s the Best Way to Promote Diversity in Media?”

    1. Tremley says:

      No “anti-racists” say a 100% Black area needs more diversity.

      No “anti-racists” say a 100% Asian area needs more diversity.

      No “anti-racists” say a 100% Muslim area needs more diversity.

      According to “anti-racists”, they are already 100% diverse.

      They say ALL & ONLY White area need to be more diverse, and that White areas only stop needing to be more diverse when there are no White people left in them.

      Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

    2. Joseph Berger says:

      You forgot the best option of all,
      “Why is diversity only a problem in ALL White countries and ONLY White countries?”

    3. BlessPapaBenny says:

      Nobody is flooding Africa with millions of non-Africans and FORCE assimilating them.

      Nobody is flooding Asia with millions of non-Asians and FORCE assimilating them.

      This is happening in ALL White countries and ONLY White countries.

      It’s GENOCIDE!

      Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White

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