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Introductions

Last updated February 15, 2022

why i always dislike introductions

• apply labels to things too early
• people have expectations (oh so you’re an artist? show me your work)
• self-imposed as well
• a bad amount of idolization
• as a side note, same reason why calling yourself a writer vs someone who writes are two very different vibes (i dabble)
• first of many experiences → why do we feel the need to get it right at the start?

# Intersectional Identities

“A man may be regarded as the point of intersection of an indefinite number of circles representing social groups” – - Cooley, Human Nature and the Social Order (1922)

Cooley imagined affiliations and interests as a system of coordinates, with each additional group determining one’s individuality and identity more accurately.

“These ‘reciprocally constructing phenomena’ that may empower one person with increasing self-actualization, burden others with exponentially debilitating oppression.” Related: the matrix of domination and intersectional theory in Design Justice

“It strikes me that these labels are more often conversation enders than conversation starters, attempts to reduce a vast complexity into a neat, little word, with the lossiest of compression algorithms.”

We cheer for the clothes, not the people. As Feynman said, “honors is epaulets, honors is uniforms”

# Communication

bandwidth of communication mediums

• 6 word story → baby shoes for sale, never worn
• creativity in interpretation
• low bandwidth mediums require interpretation
• requires human interpretation
• if its good, we refer to it as creativity
• if its bad, we just call it heuristics
• will we ever get to a point where introductions become useless because we already know everything about each other?
• what about pre-stalking people on social media before meeting them? is this just people projecting their identities?