I’m interested in this because I was also briefly included in your exchanges about inclusiveness, gender and privilege in virtually connecting, and we’re thinking about that in other ways.
To me, there’s something here I’m slowly figuring out, which is more widely true of social networks: the operation of quite significant degrees of power simply through the practice of friendship and care that have a tendency to be insular, and often quite intimidating to others.
This is a basic human experience, so it’s not something being specifically hustled online. But maybe in valuing openness in networks we’re also really challenged to see how the most subtle forms of social marginalisation operate at the margins themselves.
I’m not sure if this makes sense. Top of the head thinking.