As I discovered last night while out sharing a drink (or five) at a local pub, the next generation of technology journalists seems to be in somewhat decline. More particularly, the number of women working in reporting tech news is on a decline.
Some tech sites have no particular emphasis on a particular technology nor allegiance to a company or provider. Though, many of these - whether it be TechCrunch, Neowin, and the Lockergnome network, these are written by the young and those immersed into the culture.
Last night, an analyst at the same table commented that most of the women who currently report the tech news are "ancient"; which frankly I would highly dispute and seemed more of a personal criticism of my colleague and friend, than anything else. But it did make me think as to why my generation of female students and the like are not as involved in technology reporting.
And then part of me though - well, who cares? Does it make that much difference? I am fully aware the constantly ongoing gender struggle that the "old boys club" still dominating the board of every major company there is, and the inequality of women and anyone seemingly non-white and male. In my eyes, it doesn't make the slightest bit of difference who does what based on gender.
The penny dropped. Where exactly do people of my generation go for tech news? Do they visit the blogs, or news websites - or do they primarily not really care and not actively seek it out, though happy to engage in conversation when a friend tells them about it?
Because it is true. Social media - Facebook in particular, but Twitter less-so though equally important plays a major way in how we find out about these things. The news of a major phone release becomes diluted through everybody discovering about it through multiple channels, paths and away from the one-site filtering down. The news becomes spread and trickles down bouncing from one to another but on an impossibly large scale.
I know where all the young, female technology reporters are. They're at home, at work, in the park, on their phone or on their laptop, messaging their friends on Facebook and Twitter, sharing a link or a message of "how awesome!".
They're out there. They just don't realise either they're doing or how good they are at it, nor are they being sought out by the chief reporters and the like. Well - one was. But I'm not exactly female - though many of my sarcastic, dry-witted friends would argue otherwise...
So I'll ask. If you are (or consider yourself) female and just as the rest of the Generation Y, you are addicted to your iPod, your phone, your music and your laptop, not to mention Facebook and communications; and as is such that these are major parts of your social life - why would you not want to write about it?