Last month while the tribe was assembling we found ourselves in a discussion about prejudice and social biases. People seemed interested so we thought that could be a topic for this month.
If you aren't blogging about race, religion or related topics, this may seem a bit off the mark. But humans are tribal - we assign ourselves and others into a wide array of groups. We also pick up biases from society and the communities in which we are raised. Sometimes we make invalid assumptions about some other group because we don't know enough about them. Sometimes our readers may have preconceived notions about a topic we should address. Other times we may forget to address the needs of a certain group.
Your blogs may not generate the heated discussions that a forum on religion might, but there may be other biases you could be thinking about. Is your blog accessible to those with visual impairments? Do your anecdotes and word choices make sense to an international audience? Do you write posts that assume readers should have prior knowledge in a certain area?
Please bring your ideas to share on how we can better address the way to communicate in a world where are readers may bring a variety of biases or preconceptions to the table.
The Barking Spider Tavern is in the heart of University Circle behind the Alumni House on Juniper Rd. If the weather is nice we'll sit outside, if not we'll sit in the back room.
Here are a few things to know:
The Spider doesn't sell food, but you can bring your own pizza or snacks (excluding chips and pretzels, which they do sell.)
They offer an array of beverages including beer, wine, pop, juice, coffee, tea, iced-tea and bottle water. Please don't bring your own coffee.
There is a new parking lot on Bellflower behind the Spider. Look at this Google map for parking options. (You can park in the Coffeehouse lot.)
The Barking Spider is cash only, but they have an ATM in the back room. Wifi is available through Case Western Reserve University using the username and password "caseguest."
We hope to see you there!