Quick Hit: New Taylor Swift fanvid “Pipeline” calls out tech industry on diversity hypocrisy

As Julie Pagano put it: “So many ‘diversity in tech’ efforts are about getting young women into the pipeline. Ignore the fact that there’s a meat grinder at the end.” So I’ve made a new fanvid (a type of video art piece): “Pipeline”. It’s a little over 3 minutes long and cuts together about 50 different sources over Taylor Swift’s song “Blank Space”. Specifically, this fanvid uses clips from documentaries, glossy Hollywood depictions of hackers, comics, code school ads, and the Geek Feminism wiki’s Timeline of Incidents to critique this dynamic. It just premiered at the WisCon Vid Party a few hours ago.

My launch blog post on Dreamwidth goes into more detail and includes a comprehensive list of video.

Download: on Google Drive (165 MB high-resolution MP4 file, 23 MB low-resolution MP4 file, 98 MB AVI file), or at Critical Commons with login (high- and low-res MP4 and WebM files)
Stream: at Critical Commons (choose View High Quality for best experience)
Lyrics subtitles file: http://www.harihareswara.net/vids/pipeline.srt (you can download this and then ask your video playing app to use it as a subtitles track)

It’s under the license Creative Commons BY-SA; please feel free to redistribute, link, remix, and so on, as long as you attribute me as the vidder, and license your derivative work under the same license. Comments are welcome, though moderated.

3 thoughts on “Quick Hit: New Taylor Swift fanvid “Pipeline” calls out tech industry on diversity hypocrisy

  1. Jewelfox

    Um … for By-SA it would be “as long as you attribute me and license your derivative work under the same license.”

    This video is a really great idea. >_>

  2. moonicamusing

    I read a lot about the experiences of women in tech, and feminism, and discrimination. I read them because they’re important, even though I’ve been incredibly lucky to not have had many similar ones. But they’re always hard to relate to, far off, abstract.
    This is the first time the topic has ever hit me emotionally, made me feel part of the community, the problem, maybe the solution…
    Thank you.

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