Thursday, November 20, 2008

Symbols

Have you ever noticed the little wheelchair symbol next to the word verification before you post a comment on a blog? out of curiosity, I clicked on it and the only thing it did was say "Type the letters above". I assume that blogger is thinking one of three things:
1. If you use a wheelchair it may be difficult to understand what do do with a word preceededby a blank box.
2. If you use a wheelchair your vision is impaired
3. If you use a wheelchair, you must be illiterate....but still using blogger.
How offensive is that? Or here is another good one. I was talking to these guys and they showed me a picture of a person with a stick (in the same vain as the wheelchair symbol). They told me it was in line at Safeway. I said...well its probably for the blind. Then I realized that a blind person couldn't see that symbol. There was no purpose at all for the sign.
So the people developing these symbols are either very offensive or very stupid (or both). In today's "PC" society, we are far from politically correct, or just plainly decent at all. That frustrates me. I know theese are just symbols, but they truly represent the thoughts of those who develop them. Burke said it best: "Man is/the symbol-using (symbol making, symbol-misusing) animal/inventor of the negative (or moralized by the negative)/separated from his natural condition by instruments of his own making/goaded by the spirit of hierarchy (or moved by the sense of order)/and rotten with perfection."
Speaking of being un PC...I love people watching. Bus stops are a great place to do this. This morning I saw a girl with a brand new ICP backpack. a). I didn't know they were still a band. b). I didn't know they made backpacks. scratch that....i didnt know Hot Topic made those.
At the bus stop this morning, I saw ,my friend Diana. She was sitting under the covering with 2 guys who wouldnt move to let me in, so I stood in the rain. She looked at me in disbelief, all the would have had to do was to move 2 inches to the left, but oh well....chivilery is dead.
I then saw two gay guys walk by with matching umbrellas. You could tell that they were recently "out" because they still seemed a bit unsure about being outwardly flambouant.
1 more day of work after today....then I get next week off for Thanksgiving. I have had to work late at night to get caught up on things for Open Doors. Im also trying to study for the GRE, write my book, apply for grad school and plan a wedding. I am feeling a bit overwhelemed...like I wont get it all done. I am sticking to a strict timeline to get it done. I think this feeling will subside tomorrow ar 6:50pm....a whole week to get caught up :)

3 comments:

the CoR said...

Did you have your sound off when you clicked the wheelchair? 'Cause when I clicked it, there was a person reading the verification outloud.

Emil said...

oh....hahahahhaha. still, the point stands, just because you use a wheelchair doesnt mean you are blind or illiterate. :)

ConglomerateBeauty said...

I think they use the blind signs for people who are not blind to know that the area they are in is a blind person hangout.

You know, so when they see people with sticks flying all over the place, they don't get alarmed and think they are in some twisted pinata (pin-yat-ah) fest.