The Cultural Construction of Drupal

Timeslot: 
Saturday, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room: 
40
Track: 
Drupal Community
Experience Level: 
Beginner

The Cultural Construction of Drupal

Drupal is always changing. The community constantly reinvents Drupal with new code and reimagines Drupal with new words. This talk will examine the current narratives about Drupal. By examining the stories we tell about Drupal — the so called cultural constructions — we can better understand what is going well and what should be making us uncomfortable.

The dominant narrative surrounding Drupal 8 is that it leaves small websites behind, but that oversimplifies the situation. Focusing on this narrative ignores some of the more important issues facing Drupal, such as the influence of paid Drupal core developers on volunteerism, the personal connection that many people have with Drupal, or the importance of the GPL to Drupal’s longevity. The cultural constructions of Drupal sometimes change as quickly as the code, and this talk will attempt to bring together a wide variety of competing narratives to reconsider why we use Drupal and challenge some of the prevailing constructions.

Slides: http://talks.matthewtift.com/ccd

Learning Objectives & Outcomes: 

In this session you will develop a greater appreciation for the complexities of the Drupal community.

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