Monday, April 24, 2006 False consciousness and anomie

False consciousness and anomie

With a blog name and screenname taken straight from a sociology book, it is a forgone conclusion that your are reading the thoughts of an armchair sociologist.

Anomie: For Durkheim, a social condition where the norms guiding conduct break down, leaving individuals without social restraint or guidance (see norms). [ Tony Bilton et al., Introductory Sociology. 3rd edition. London: Macmillan, 1996:654]

False Consciousness: Ways of thinking about the world or apprehending reality that are defective and which obscure the truth. Associated, though not exclusively, with Marx. [Tony Bilton et al., Introductory Sociology, 3rd edition. London, Macmillan, 1996:659]

Within my circle of friends and within the confines of my own mind, I live in a state of anomie and false consciousness.

Things I think, but usually don't say aloud:
1. The dumber you are, the more likely you are to talk...a lot
2. The cult of originality has made bad taste and/or fashion sense socially acceptable
3. When most people speak, it is more entertaining (and productive) to block the sound and make up dialogue in my head than actually listen to them
4. If I could have any super power I would want to have the ability to make others projectile vomit on cue
5. Most people are bigots, but only in 6pt font

I am politically incorrect in a way that some may find offensive, so you may want to restrict your reading.