Socially Produced

Thinking about our cultural context, one cultural token at a time.

Introductions and Such

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My name is Ferny. It’s quite simple. I would tell more about myself, but that would sort of miss the point.  As a sort of introduction, I’ll merely relate what this blog is going to be about: sort of me, but only in the most mundane way possible – as a data point.

The most fascinating part of human beings is their fundamental social nature. The construction of tastes, culture, memory and representation is a process that never ceases. We are our experiences, at our most base. Thus, there’s a big hole out there – why am I me?

The blog name, Socially Produced, tackles this issue head on. The blog, its author and the concoction of mildly grammaticality incorrect content is all a much wider product that has seemingly little design, except that it’s widely influenced by the most mundane of realities. The tag line is this acknowledgement taken to a somewhat humerous level – the ability to blame everything about yourself on something not quite controlled by you.

I don’t plan on bemoaning the lack of agency or theorizing about it. We’re created, but we help create others, and this doesn’t mean that we can’t consciously affect the attempts at creation themselves.

So this project will largely be about that.

Though there will be other pet issues, because, well, I like to talk about other stuff, though I will attempt to put it through that prism.

Here are four other issues that will largely come up:

1. Harry Potter fanfiction
2. Political Debauchery
3. Sports, Sports and More.
4. Education Policy and Politics

I hope to not bore anyone. I won’t be posting every day, though I have a vague goal of at least every other day.

Welcome aboard!


Written by Ferny Reyes

April 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm

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  1. I think this is an interesting idea. I can begin to imagine how the four listed topics illustrate it. But wouldn’t, say, Star Trek provide a better window into how societies shape individuals than Harry Potter?

    C. Shelton

    April 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

  2. I didn’t meant to use those topics as exhaustive. I imagine I’ll talk a lot about those two topics, simply because I do already. Though I’ll make sure to talk a lot about Star Trek. 🙂

    Ferny Reyes

    April 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

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