treewiddle5 karma2016-09-30 18:44:55 UTC
This! I love you. I'm currently a senior at a university studying Communication, and I love stuff like this.
We've learned about stereotyping, and what it does for both good and bad. The bad is obvious: it can create harsh communicative environments, racism, conflict both major/minor, etc.
The good about stereotyping is something I think everyone should know. I have been told by my passionate professors that stereotyping helps us generate more understanding about an individual or culture, most times in order to maintain a conversation with a person or something in which we aren't familiar. Only when you really get to know a person is when stereotypes generally drop because it isn't necessary anymore to place that person in a category for us to understand than better.
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