Diary of a Narcissistic Misanthrope

I like to think I’m an acquired taste, like old whiskey or arsenic in your tea

My name is Clarence (Hello), born in 1988, i got my undergrad degree in Sociology (with a concentration in Women's Studies) and I'm utterly terrified. I'm scared of everything, people, my own feelings and sometimes even being but really there's nothing much to be done about that despite what I say. And I will say a lot about how my life has no meaning and i want to die (which is the majority of the time) but sometimes it seems like life is worth living for and everything in it is a spectacular explosion of awe inspiring wonder (which is usually a three week span some time in March). If it seems odd to read think what it might be like living it. So to get off the topic of terror I prefer stories es. I like to read them, I love to live in them and there is nothing better to me than a story so I guess this blog is a story mostly about me. Don't bother trying to find themes, connection or messages in what I post cause there really aren't any (unless they are completely accidental).

This blog is a story about what I find, what I feel and what I think so to that end I collect things to post or reblog. Its not meant to be anything truly meaningful or interconnected, just fun (mostly fun for me if you don't like it you can fuck right off) This is collection of all the the weird and interesting links from around the net that I find, comics, technology, comedy, current events, sociology, general geek/nerd interest, and more weird stuff. I think it makes for the closest representation to who I am that I've ever done and it just keeps growing bigger which is most of the fun. Please feel free to talk to me and don't mind the depressive tone i will probably be using. I like to think I'm somewhat fun if also a complete idiot.
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Black bodies in America continue to be reduced to their surfaces and to stereotypes that are constricting and false, that often force those black bodies to move through social spaces in ways that put white people at ease. We fear that our black bodies incite an accusation. We move in ways that help us to survive the procrustean gazes of white people. We dread that those who see us might feel the irrational fear to stand their ground rather than “finding common ground,” a reference that was made by Bernice King as she spoke about the legacy of her father at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

The white gaze is also hegemonic, historically grounded in material relations of white power: it was deemed disrespectful for a black person to violate the white gaze by looking directly into the eyes of someone white. The white gaze is also ethically solipsistic: within it only whites have the capacity of making valid moral judgments.

Did you realize that pain was a social institution? In some cultures like ours it is very unpleasant to go to the dentist, but there are cultures in which dentistry is no problem at all. On the other hand, they have extreme pain when their fingernails are cut or their hair is cut. We are very largely talked into pain in early childhood.
Alan Watts, The Social Institution (via skaterboytae)

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All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.

Noam Chomsky

I think one thing our generation has lost is the drive to enact change ourselves. We often begin great discussions and raise exceptionally valid points, but I think sometimes we fail to push things far enough.

Our generation has done some great things: pushed for wider acceptance of gay marriage and gay rights, demanded an increase in women’s equality, elected a black president, supported the democratic uprising in the Arab Spring with the unprecedented use of technology, and we began pushing for wealth equality with the Occupy movement.

But I think we need to begin pushing back more. We need to have our voices heard and have a much larger impact on those in charge, to have some of our own demands met. Some older generations call us the “entitlement generation”, but there are certain things we should be entitled to that are unfortunately far out of reach for many of us. Things such as education, health care, well paying jobs, and affordable food and shelter are just some of the things we are entitled to as human beings, but that are being withheld from us while being told we have not worked hard enough, we are not old enough, or we are not rich enough.

I think if the playing field isn’t levelled out soon, our generation will have serious uprisings and causes to protest about. We aren’t saying we deserve to be handed certain things, we are saying we deserve the right to earn it ourselves, fairly. Pretty soon the older generations are going to begin relying on us as we become the primary income earners and providers. You would think that fact would make those in power ensure we are in a good position to take care of them when that time comes. And it is coming soon.

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at some point talk shows got a little bit ridiculous

at some point talk shows got a little bit ridiculous

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The action orientation of discursive psychology therefore transforms traditional psychology’s concern with the nature of phenomena such as memory and emotion into a concern with how these are performed by people. Thus memory, emotion and other psychological phenomena become things we do rather than things we have.
Vivien Burr, Social Constructionism (p. 17)

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Philosophy being nothing else but the study of wisdom and truth, it may with reason be expected that those who have spent most time and pains in it should enjoy a greater calm and serenity of mind, a greater clearness and evidence of knowledge, and be less disturbed with doubts and difficulties than other men. Yet so it is, we see the illiterate bulk of mankind that walk the high-road of plain common sense, and are governed by the dictates of nature, for the most part easy and undisturbed. To them nothing that is familiar appears unaccountable or difficult to comprehend. They complain not of any want of evidence in their senses, and are out of all danger of becoming sceptics.
George Berkeley (via immobilizedbysilence)

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Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change. Don’t give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy.

What we do on social media platforms is often analyzed as a performance or construction of the self. On this view, what we are doing is giving shape to our identity. What we “Like” is the projected identity, or better yet, the perception and affirmation of that identity by others. This, of course, does not exhaust what is done with social media, but it is an important and pervasive element.

When we think about social media as a field for the construction and enactment of identities, we tend to think of it as the projection, authentic or inauthentic, of a fixed reality. But perhaps we would do well to consider the possibility that identity on social networks is not so much being performed as it is being sought, that behind the identity-work on social media platforms there is an inchoate and fluid reality seeking to take shape by expending itself.

If philosophy and the sciences were born of religion, it is because religion began by taking the place of the sciences and philosophy.
Émile Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life (via hss6749)

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