Anti Intellectualism: Anti-Conformity

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Human instincts are behaviors that are genetically wired into us to that help us react to our environment, but most of the time they are more hurtful than useful. For example one of them is to follow and be influenced by our surroundings. Since birth we adjust to what family setting we may have and conform to what we see on the outside. At some point this human instinct becomes hurtful to us as conforming makes us most of the time act and think like everyone else. So how is it that conformity hurts individuality in our society? Our technology has gone so far and has improved better than it ever has so information is faster to spread and conforming easier to do. Conformity is in all of us and we don’t seem to realize it until later on, so we…show more content…
In the essay “Anti-Intellectualism: Why We Hate The Smart Kids” by Grant Penrod he goes on to explain why anti-intellectualism exists in our society and why intellectuals are despised instead of praised for their hard work. He writes “Certainly the image presented by modern celebrities suggests that intellectualism has no ties to success and social legitimacy”(760). What Penrod is saying is that media glorifies non-intellectuals which in result makes intellectuals lose their ambition to continue with their accomplishments. Intellectuals conform to the idea that there is people who are looked up to who don 't have intellectualism so why should they? What is revealed is that Conformity hurts those individuals that may think differently and makes them lose particular characteristics that make them who they are. Not only does conformity take away characteristics but it can make a person obtain characteristics that weren 't there before. We can see this in the essay of Brent Staples “Black Men and Public Space” in which he explains how…show more content…
Media is a big part of our society and makes conforming more effortless to those who use it. In the article of “Little Girls Or Little Women? The Disney Princess Effect”, Stephanie Hanes analyzes how media is changing little girls into maturing way too early and how it represents women. Hanes writes “Girls are using social media to get feedback in areas that they 've been told by the culture that they need to express or work on… girls post or send provocative images because they have grown in a culture that places a lot of value into their sexuality”(488). What Hanes is saying is that girls use social media to get validation from what media shows what girl should be. This goes back to one of the reasons on why humans conform and thats to get approval so they can have self-approval. With social media wanting to conform can raise the temptation of conforming to gain the self-approval that is needed. In the essay “Im Considering Becoming a Sports Fan-How Do I Pick a Team” by Andy Hinds, explains how he feels left out on not having a team to cheer on so he goes out to find out why people choose the team they do. Hinds writes “You know, so as not to fail at the performance of hegemonic masculinity. In both of these exchanges, I had that old familiar feeling of not having a clue about something that was supposed to be important to me as an American male”

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