I can say that y temper is high and I easily get mad but it is just the way I am. Being such is a typical American attitude for me because unlike others, we don’t have patience for things that needs to be fixed immediately. This is how I always describe myself as an American, my belief, my attitude and my way of thinking which sets me apart from other people from other country or other continent.
Week 1 Q 2 Do you think it is human nature to categorize people? Why or why not? For me human nature Is not enough to categorize a person or to describe a person.
Human nature Is not enough to Introduce a person’s race. Rolling or behavior or how a person would blend within a group or as an Individual In a group. Categorizing a person depends on a lot of factors like race, social status, financial level or the way they live their life like attitudes and peers. However, it is a normal process for a human being to look at a person and put that person somewhere in the status quo that we personally create. It doesn’t mean though that we are correct in doing such nor It is helpful for us for the other people.
According to Macaroni, It Is the sociologist’s Job to point out the problems of the society, to tell which process brings he best and worst of an individual and how to make it in every community yet some of these are based on a general consensus hence can be misleading and are incorrect (up. 57). Since everyone is unique and everyone comes from different culture all around the world, it is imperative to understand that difference is one common thing among all Individuals. “Social Problems, census on You n Alton, Day Join J. Macron s Merrill Prentice Hall. Copyright 2012 by Pearson Education, Inc. Eek 1
Q 3 Name a famous person whom you would consider a “typical” American. What characteristics of this individual do you think make her or him typical? Do you consider these characteristics a stereotype? Why, or why not? Before answering the question, let me define how I understand the word “typical” American first based on my own culture and upbringing. Personally, I can see a typical American through a man who works 8 hours a day or at least works 2 part time Jobs a day, goes home to wife in an area where houses lines up okay but not much and always gets to see his children of at least two.
A typical American is the one that plays with his dog every Sunday and goes to worship with the whole family then have lunch with other members of the family. I guess my definition is too typical t doesn’t make my American a Hollywood actor or a political person right? Well this definition is too different from what our television, prints and radio are now describing as the typical American. Take a look at Joe the Plumber” who was introduced to the people during the presidential election campaign.
This is what we call popular culture and how the media works in introducing something in our life like Joe who seems to represent me and every typical American out there when in fact we haven’t meet him in person yet. Does he even exist is the question. My problem is that, Joe seems to be not my typical American and I don’t want to see yeses in him. It is not because he represents the political group that I don’t support but it is Just me and I am not him in any way. It seems to me that Joe is a result of stereotyping of how the masses should see a typical American.
Maybe it is their way to keep all Americans united but for me it seems that the creation of Joe as an American and his representation seems to create debate among people whether they agree to be a Joe or not. I guess the diversity of the Americans is the reason why not everyone is please with the characterization of Joe and his representation as the typical American. So an we say that media can portray a typical American? Maybe but then no because you cannot incorporate all the characteristics of a diverse nation and put it into one like what the media is doing.
Defining diversity can be difficult but the definition that we have here today is what I agree with. I can define diversity if I will look at each person one by one rather than looking at a group of people and identifying them. The question though is will it change the definition if it will be done in a group or personally? Everyone is unique though and it will be difficult to identify differences and alikeness in every group of people coming from all cultures and country.
It is easier to identify a group based on their outer and physical alikeness and difference but it will be too difficult to identify a person based on their attitude and behavior as well as their thinking and mental processes and attitude towards some things and ideas. Yet, with the diversity that we have, we knew that it is normal for everyone to be critical with the differences especially if it is something they don’t want or not familiar with. However, the key to these is to keep a low profile and be as understanding as possible to the differences- it is called respect.
We need to respect whatever our differences will bring to us because we all have the rights to be different from one another. Week 1 Q 5 Do you feel diversity is important or unimportant? Why? Difference is healthy in a group of people because it shows every different situation and option to each member involved. For me it is a healthy part of being a human. However, there are some who thinks that diversity can be a problem as well since it builds defiance and hatred. Yet, if we are to look at it on a different way, diversity allows people to think beyond their options or what they have.
There are instances when I get to notice how different I am compared to other people. It makes me think I am not a part of the group yet if I will try to find something in common with them, I can actually find a lot too. I think dealing with diversity is very personal and it depends on every individual whether they will get affected by it or not. The tang Is IT you are on your teenage years Ana you get to see a lot AT people along ten way and meet different people, you’ll find out that only 1% of teenagers actually adapts to their difference with other teenagers while the remaining part remains confused and still searching for answers.