This book explores how the social and technical integration of mainstream social media into gay men’s digital cultures since the mid 2000s has played out in the lives of young gay men, looking at how these convergences have influenced more recent iterations of gay men’s digital culture. Focusing on platforms such as Gaydar, Facebook, Grindr and Instagram, Cassidy highlights the ways that identity and privacy management issues experienced in this context have helped to generate a culture of participatory reluctance within gay men’s digital environments.
Table of Contents
1. Gay Men’s Digital Culture and Participatory Reluctance: An Introductio
2. From The Hankie Code to The Hanky App: Historical Change, Technological Development and Shifting GLBT Identities
3. Gaydar Cultures: The Only ‘Good’ Gay In The Village?
4. Facebook and Its Role in Gaydar Cultures
5. Consequences of Convergence - Privacy and Safety Concerns
6. Participatory Reluctance Post-Gaydar
Elija Cassidy is a Lecturer in Journalism, Media, and Communication at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.