Episode 19: "Siri, play me that episode about digital assistants. Please."

Episode 19: "Siri, play me that episode about digital assistants. Please."

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Hosts: Anna Reser, Leila McNeill, and Rebecca Ortenberg

Guest: Hilary Bergen

Producer: Leila McNeill

Music: Careful! by Zombie Dandies


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In this episode, the hosts discuss the historical figure of the secretary as the precursor to modern digital assistants and the importance of the female voice in these devices. Researcher Hilary Bergen joins the conversation to talk about how the use of female voices in digital assistants contributes to the erasure of women’s labor.

Show Notes

Women’s Work: The Feminization and Shifting Meanings of Clerical Work by Kim England and Kate Boyer

Amazon Alexa ‘Dad’s Day’ commercial

Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names by Adrienne LaFrance

‘I’d Blush if I Could’: Digital Assistants, Disembodied Cyborgs and the Problem of Gender by Hilary Bergen

Hilary Bergen

Further Reading

Engendered Machines in Science Fiction Film by Roy Schwartzman

From Star Trek to Siri: (Dis)Embodied Gender and the Acousmatic Computer in Science Fiction Film and Television by Liz W. Faber

Transcript

Transcript coming soon.


Image credit: Piotr Cichosz on Unsplash


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