Social stratification in popular media

Whether you’re talking about Harry Potter‘s Gryffinndor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, and Ravenclaw; Avatar‘s Fire, Wind, Water, and Earth Nations; Divergent‘s Abnegation, for the selfless; Amity, for the peaceful; Candor, for the honest; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite for the whatever; or the Hunger Games‘s many districts, popular media has a love affair with social stratification.

Every single house, district, nation, or whatever the heck Divergent is doing helps to categorize not only the characters in the books, but also helps place the reader in the story and the social make up of the universe. Ask anyone who knows these book/television/movie series and they’ll tell you where they belong and why they identify with it.

I’m definitely a Ravenclaw being ruggedly homely and prone to being a loner, but also an Earth bender because I will it so and it’s probably the most useful element to control. Can’t really say I’m very down to earth, but I always strive to work with other people rather than bite their heads off like a Fire bender would. I never read The Hunger Games or Divergent… so wherever they send the sociopaths that’s probably be where I’d end up.

There are even more examples of this including your favourite [insert popular media character here]. We see them all the time in online polls that include everything from films, music, and movies.

Popular media has given us an easy-to-digest understanding of social hierarchies that can be see as far back as England’s many colleges, universities, and boarding schools to India’s caste system. And wherever you end up placing yourself tells us a lot about who you are or what values you stand for.

So here’s me in a nutshell, according to stupid Internet quizzes:

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So, uhhh, yeah online tests are bullshit. Categorizing your self based on popular media house systems is probably a bad idea, but still it’s pretty funny to see what semi-objective quizzes make of your personality.

Best idea for something like this is to get someone close to you to help figure out what house, personality, bending skill, etc you belong to. Anyway, that’s about it for this article.


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