Culture and Idenitiy. What a coincidence with my manifesto project eh?
So in Contextual and Theoretical Studies (in case you forgot what CTS stands for) we have moved away from the topic of cataloging and onto a topic that I have been touching on in my manifesto Project which is culture.
We all know what culture is. Social guidelines to help oneself form theory own identity. You live like this, and you become this type of person. You live like that, you become that type of person.
Culture in a nutshell.
But what was really interesting in that morning session was the discussion on the possible death of subcultures. Lily Jackman, classmate of mine came up with a good point referring to subcultures, suggesting that subcultures are dying due to the fact that social media can be used to formulate our identities.
In my opinion, this is true, but I haven’t looked much into it much. With online networking and social media, it has never been easier to be a part of multiple cultures to help personalise your identity.
With access to the world Wide Web, your options are limitless, you can become who you want and more with availability of cultures on the Web and the reason why I say this is because all cultures are online. Our identities are there for anyone to see. Subcultures are dying because they are being reborn though a digital womb.
As you can tell from my previous sentence, it’s a hard concept to grasp and explain 1st time. As the weeks go by, I should be able to make it sound more clear.
Also, in this CTS session, we were place into groups of about 5 or so to put on a performance, stretching the thin line between culture, representation and just plain stereotyping. The sketch was based around Lily’s concept of online social culture but the theme of this sketch overpowered the concept being bulling.
I portrayed the stereotypical bully while another colleague of mine, Mark Henson acted as the nerd. The rest of my group consisting of Nicole Harrison, Siyakorn Kimhasawad and Francis Osele acted as bystanders until they saw the confrontation in which they responded by capturing the moment on their devices, which ultimately could be used to further define their identity, if they choose to display in on social media.
It was a small piece that was ment to portray how we submit our personalities online and expect the web to reward us with a community or culture to become a part in think we all forgot how powerful the topic of bullying can be huh?