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[10 Aug 2007|10:26am]
For the last decade or so, people have been trying to convince the video game industry of the fact that sometimes girls have money too, and occasionally they even use it on things they find interesting. And this is what they've fucking come up with? Seriously?

I honestly can't tell whether those games are for real or if they're a parody. This is what my relationship with the entertainment industry has become of late: I don't know if it's for fucking real or not. And by real I mean serious, not replacement reality.

I haven't been able to tell for years whether music videos are making statements about society through the use of parody and ridicule, or if they're actually advocating seriously fucked up world views and being unintentionally amusing.

I don't know if the shows on television are meant to show the world or current societal issues to me through a lens of irony, or whether shows really are that fucking stupid and are successful anyway.

Are these phenomena taking themselves seriously or not? Are they for real? Have I really gotten so out-dated that I can't read modern media anymore?
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[10 Aug 2007|10:46pm]
Reading this bit of dickery ("The Terrible secret of LiveJournal") that has lately been posted about ("The thing is that fandom is about creating a line that separates Us from Them. That's the point. That's why you joined - remember? You wanted to be among your people and escape from the ones who aren't your people." ARE YOU FOR FUCKING REAL?) lead me to do a search on aggressive male communication, which came up with this study: Gender Differences in E-mail Communication.

It's a very interesting read, even if a little out-dated. I'd certainly be interested to read more about it.

It would therefore appear that even though the Internet does offer the theoretical opportunity of equality, in reality women are not provided with an equal opportunity for discussion due to the different communication styles existing between the two sexes - in other words, if women use language that is considered weaker, more frivolous or somewhat less powerful than men, they will continue to be relegated to secondary status by men; and that if men use a more aggressive, competitive, dominating style, they will continue to remain in power.

Not just on the Internet, but also within the University framework, I've noticed a tendency in myself to back down (or weasel out) of arguments, even when I completely disagree with a debater. I was rather a quiet child, so I took it very seriously when ever I was told to be quiet. My adolescence also made me a little hypersensitive to confrontation, which has left me with a tendency to want to disagree in ways that can hardly be seen as disagreement at all. I'm sure this could be seen as a form of dishonesty, but I believe that cultural conditioning does have a lot to do with it. Girls learn exactly how far they can back-talk to father, and they learn when they can back-talk no further.

But can it be unlearned?

PS. If you can has links, post 'em.
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