Dear Culture Shockers, I Don’t Read Your Shit

| May 1, 2015 | 2 Comments

I don’t read Culture Shock as often as I should. I feel really bad about it considering I’m a writer and I hugely support this organization. It’s not because the writing is bad. It’s actually incredible. But because I write for them, I know these people in a slightly different way than the average reader does. I see them at parties, I collaborate with them, I’m forced in a room with them every week where we answer a “Question of the Week” that ranges from “What’s your proudest moment?” to “Where’d you go for Spring Break!?”

I feel like I look at these people through a two-way mirror. There’s the face value side that is shown to professors, friends, and co-workers, and then there’s the more analytical in-depth side. The side that openly speaks of serious gender issues, God, and personal validation. I think this could be a reflection of all people. There’s you around other people, and then there’s the you that comes out only when you’re all alone.


The level of sass in the this picture is off the charts and growing expontentially

The two sides mix and often contradict each other. I’ll use myself as an example to spare feelings (I like you guys!!). My writing is often cynical, depressing, and challenging. Although I’m very much like that in my day to day interactions, I’m not always like that. I laugh a lot, I have optimistic outlooks, and I actually really like Disney movies. If you judge me solely on my writing, you may never know that. Although the mixing of these two sides is often exhilarating, it’s emotionally exhausting for me as well.  Plus it screws with my head.

I can’t stop any of them from showing their face value side, and I don’t want to. There’s value in that. That’s the person almost everyone else sees. But it is a choice to read Culture Shock and be exposed to the in-depth side of each writer. And when I say I don’t read Culture Shock, I mean I’m selective in what I read. And when I do read a post I usually have to brace myself for an emotional reaction. Every post I read challenges what I currently understand about that individual. It’s amazing and uncomfortable. Honestly I only read Culture Shock posts on Sundays because I have meetings on Thursdays and I feel like 5 days act as a good emotional buffer before I see them again.

I’m not saying “Don’t read Culture Shock.” (You’re reading it right now sucka!) It’s a great window into each writer’s mind. If you know me from class or work, or you frequently pass me on the street but haven’t exactly ever talked to me, you may already know a little bit about me if you read my posts. You know my interests, my struggles, my thoughts, and my opinions. It won’t be hard to strike up a conversation. It’s an amazing way to not just understand each writer individually, but people as a whole and the part of humanity that is a little more hidden.

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Emmy Parks

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I write to validate and solidify my feelings. Make them less fleeting and more concrete and real. I'm ready to be judged.

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  1. DS says:

    I write a lot, mostly blogging. I once apologized to a blog friend for not reading and commenting on his blog. He said i owed him nothing.

    There are producers and consumers. Writers are producers. Readers are consumers. Producers don’t consume very much, which means you won’t read the work of others very much.

    when you do occasionally consume, it’ll likely be something very different from what you produce, which is quite normal.

    Favorite Disney movie?

  2. I didn’t read this

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