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27 August 2011 @ 05:15 pm
Stick to the Status Quo  
Woohooo! Long weekend ahead! It was also fun to start this mini vacation with a bonding time at Mercato with friends. Thank goodness for this break, I hopefully will be able to do some catching-up with school requirements and most especially, sleep. Hurray! 
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I'm a proud High School Musical fan. I know the films by heart and I've memorized most of the songs used in the movies. Maybe a big contributing factor to my fascination for this franchise is the fact that the first movie came out when I was in my freshman year in high school. I had a strong sense of attachment to the storyline, since I was convinced that I could relate to what the characters are going through, for I am also a teenager who's trying to find her way through a jungle called high school. Believe it or not, as embarrassing as it may sound, I felt that I had this some sort of connection with Vanessa Hudgens' character, Gabriella. =) 

While our Comm 11 class was discussing the introductory part of the Structuration Theory, a certain song suddenly kept playing in my head, and it's from High School Musical. The photo above is a screenshot from the movie, and it's a cafeteria scene where they were performing the song Stick to the Status Quo. I find it highly-related to the topic, since the song talks about systems and norms. A basketball player confesses his love for baking, a braniac reveals her interest in dancing, and a skater dude admits his enthusiasm in playing the cello. These confessions are countered by others, saying that they should not mess with 'the flow'. From the title itself, the song basically mirrors how things work in reality: we follow rules, common beliefs, and shared values. In other words, we follow structures.  

Structuration is defined as a process that enables the creation of 'structured' behavior. For a society to function efficiently, things need to be placed in order, or arranged in a certain way that is generally acceptable to people. These structures consist of repetitive or patterned behavior, which, in turn, produces expectations or norms. Considering the said song, it is kind of unlikely for a basketball player to be interested in baking, right? And also, we expect a nerd to be focused only on academics, not on dancing too. These expectations would seem practical, since we are all used to following the beliefs that we've carried since our childhood. But then again, these tend to make us compartmentalize people into distinct categories, producing unintended stereotypes.

Structures are a necessity and all that. They promote harmony and order, and they ensure an organized flow of things. But when is it acceptable to say no to the status quo? 

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merced_adasamerced_adasa on August 31st, 2011 10:47 am (UTC)
Argh, now the song is stuck in my head!!

Hahaha. I think that the answer to your question was actually mentioned already in your entry. It's time to say no to the status quo (i love how it rhymes hihi) when people are no longer being themselves. The whole point of structuration is to keep the organization functioning at its best. But when it comes to the point that it limits their members, I think it becomes paradoxical because how can people maximize their potential if the organization won't even let them pursue what they want? I think that a potential is truly maximized if the passion is pursued. :)