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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Sociology

Sociology is a big waste of time.

Every writing class I've taken has told me never use jargon, don't use big words, express yourself efficiently by using the least amount of words possible. Yet sociologists seem to make up words and load them up with meaning all the time. Every new construct seems to be common sense wrapped in a buzzword. There's no original thought, we're just asked to apply some old dipshit's musings about life to some other situation. God help you if you don't agree with your professor's tired worldview. This isn't science, it's an art faculty popularity contest. Ooooh, did you read so and so's book, they were still using a Marxian framework, that was sooo last century. It's not a global village, that was last year, now it's a global mall. What's the difference. The only thing I've learnt from sociology is that we're all fuct, and try, try as we might, we'll never change. Sociologists are always two steps behind technological or sociological change listing the inherent deficiencies. We've defined, categorized, and examined all of the things detrimental to society. But we've been studying long enough to see that while we adjust to make things better, new problems arise somewhere else. Every advancement comes with a cost, and we're helpless to shape the future. It's like standing in the middle of the information super highway watching the big rig of progress speeding inevitably towards us, knowing it's going to hit us, and not being able to get out of the way. When you get smushed you can say, I knew that was coming. I took sociology.

4 Comments:

Blogger Heatherness said...

I know what's coming. It was, afterall, my minor.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Brilliant.

You should write similar post about Art History...

..wait... Heather, do you want to write that one?

3:26 PM  
Blogger Heatherness said...

Just because you almost failed it, Cloner...doesn't mean its useless.

Some people just don't have any culture.

Besides, Art History has gotten me right to the meaty center of life.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Kristin. said...

I took some sociology and never quite understood what it was all about. Ah...the Social Sciences degree. Brilliant choice.

9:00 AM  

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