My Name Is

One of the most fascinating parts of this class is the idea of a name. No one seems to know the name of anyone that is not in their specific group. Today in class, this was the first time that I actually made verbal interactions with people outside of my group. The interesting part is that no one made any attempt to learn each other names, but we actually preferred using nicknames (albeit not to their face). There are the old ones like the Activist, and the Cynic, the new ones (based on our project) like the walk out group, the asexual girl, the App group, and the beach group.

The first question is why does this continue in our class and why does no one stand up and say they want to be called by their name? The only complaint was that the nickname was wrong. The activist didn’t want to be called a politician but game himself his own nickname, the activist. The second question is how did this happen or more specifically why are there no consequences for stereotyping each other. I read this article below and things kind of make sense to me.

One perception of our generation is that racism, stereotyping, and sexism for the most part has lessoned. The perception is that we are more open and accepting to differences than ever before. Although as a society we have improved through laws made and social awareness spread, overall I don’t think things really changed, I think the problems have just evolved. Like the article pointed out, saying denigrating things is not acceptable, yet saying it in a joking or ironic way is ok. And the problem is that no one can really defend themselves without looking conceited or to stuck up to take a joke. Our class is the perfect example of how we all deny being racist, a bigot, or stereotyping people, yet it is more out in the open than ever.


~ by digitalamericathebeautiful on May 4, 2012.

One Response to “My Name Is”

  1. … and? Another great iceberg post with solid initial observations and a reluctance to go into depth. Maybe this is why the class was satisfied with anonymity and pseudonymity… because you don’t actually care about what other people think or believe unless it directly affects you.

    Clearly, being able to navigate your life according to user interfaces makes such a lifestyle possible… everyone except your “friends and family” is just an avatar, a profile pic, something to thumb up or down.

    Is it worth it to you?

    Perhaps the younger generation believe that a politics to address this reality will emerge naturally in the same way that people petitioned Steve Jobs to please please please create a phone without buttons, and harassed Mark Zuckerberg until he caved in and produced a global network for socializing and surveillance. You know, like those Black people did when they were tired of being forced to ride in the back of the bus.

    Problem is, that while the younger generation waits for some kind of solution to emerge under the guidance of market forces and capitalism, the generation older than mine continues to tighten its grip on the traditional reins of power.

    Perhaps the younger generation believes that their participation in Facebook will guarantee good stuff for them when Facebook buys… um I mean, lobbies politicians in Washington.

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