This study uses ethnographic and autoethnographic methods to explore the ways lifestyle blogs create and share culture using narrative and multimedia. Specifically, this study focuses on the blogs of LGBT+ people of color, and attempt to draw conclusions on how cultural markers in this community develop narratives of the community itself. Blogs include The G-Listed, Trans Griot, The Mad Professah Lectures, and the Black Lesbian Love Lab archives, as well as the presenter’s own blogging experience.
Media, Representation, Identities
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session
My name is Lauren Malone, and I’m heading into my fourth year of my doctoral program in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. Prior to attending Iowa State, I finished my undergraduate work at Central College (Pella, IA) and my Master's at London Metropolitan University. I spent my undergraduate years working in my intercultural life department. I have also worked as an admissions counselor. These backgrounds, plus my hobbies of games, podcasts, and music, have influenced my research interests: business communication, media and game-based learning, curriculum and instruction, intercultural communication, multicultural education.