Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Subtle Assumptions of Color

For no particular reason, today I was looking at the LiveJournal userhead and noticed that its face is pale in color.  There's a strong tendency to make the default of a stylized human look vaguely European in coloring.  I find that annoying.  LiveJournal does get partial credit for having customizable userheads available, but those cost money.  So if you're some other color than peach and want a representative userhead, you have to pay for that.

I'd like to see a company run by brown people put out all their standard stuff in brown, and see how many fair-skinned people bitch.

On the bright side, some stuff online is really flexible.  When I made my Yahoo avatar, which I use for userpics on Facebook and elsewhere, I think there were at least five or six different skin tones to choose from, plus various shapes of face and eyes.  Body types, not so much.  Hair colors and styles out the wazoo.  They even had a few options for disabled folks.  So it's possible to make a rather close match by combining the right features.  I liked that.
Tags: cyberspace theory, ethnic studies
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