[SIGCIS-Members] A response to a SIGCIS Command Line panel session presentation on PLATO

Brian Dear brian at platohistory.org
Mon May 22 17:03:05 PDT 2017

The link below is my in-depth response to a presentation given by Dr. Joy Rankin entitled “Performing Gender on PLATO” at the recent SIGCIS Command Line conference held at the Computer History Museum this past March. 


Many assertions were made in that presentation that concerned me greatly and I felt it necessary to not only write up a detailed response based on my own decades’ worth of research into the history of the PLATO system and its community, but also I sought out and included comments from former PLATO people who were named in Dr. Rankin’s talk, about the presentation and the claims made therein. Every single PLATO person I contacted shared the same concerns.

I welcome thoughts from fellow SIGCIS members.

- Brian

Brian Dear
PLATO History Project
Santa Fe, NM
brian at platohistory.org

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