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~ Iben
Bibliotekar, bogblogger & boganmelder

08/07/2013

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

The summary is long but on point. I'll add this. I loved the film. I loved the book. The film differs slightly from the book, but they're both very good. The characters are so incredibly well written and though it may irk some I really liked the way she voiced Minny and Abileen writing them exactly how they talk and pronounce words in that southern drawl. I could literally hear the way they talked.

When reading this book, I'd just finished watching the first 4 seasons or so of Mad Men and it was so interesting for me to see the same 60's but in a completely different environment. Furthermore being Danish and with no dramatic history of slavery (well, honestly I don't know exactly what the Vikings occasionally did, but I digress) I just sucked the culture history right up. I know this is just fiction, but it's based on some very real circumstances.

I'm trying to recall why I only gave this 4 stars (I really should take notes) and I think primarily it just didn't sweep me off my feet. The ending left me hanging a little bit (basically I just wasn't ready for it to end) and there were a few hiccups along the way. It's still a very enjoyable read though and from my point of view I heartily recommend it.



The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help
ISBN13: 9780241956533
451 pages / published in 2011
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013

01/07/2013

Thesis: Digitized Identity – Identity online and its consequences

Today was the final deadline - today I handed in my 28099 word thesis. After a final oral exam in the middle of August I'll have a master's degree and be a cand.scient.bibl. :)

I've spent 5 months working on my thesis and it's been a long ride filled with moments of both happy- and sadface. Mostly happy. I'm extraordinarily pleased with the final outcome and I'm in love with the subject I wrote about. I will definitely be studying it further, reading many more books, new and old, about it.

Curious what I wrote about? Here's a little summary:

Digitized Identity – Identity online and its consequences

This thesis deals with the formation and construction of identity online, looking specifically at how the use of the internet and similar digital technologies and media affect the way we form our identity, and which challenges people face when constructing an identity online. In line with this, the thesis also investigates what consequences this may have on the way we relate to others and ourselves in both physical and virtual environments.
The hypothesis is that we are affected by the use of the internet and we change the way we behave and act when online. In order to investigate this I use several different literary works by prominent authors on the effects of social media and digital technologies particularly Luke Tredinnick, Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, Andrew Keen and Nicholas Carr.
First I present the new phenomenon Web 3.0, the third generation of the internet, which is all about massive amounts of data being generated by real identities. Then follows a look at how the use of the digital technologies physically affects and changes the way our brains work.
Identity theory and identity in our present day and age is briefly explained in order to contrast it later on with the digital identity, which is explained in further detail as well as the connection with digitized culture. The hypothesis that we develop a second identity online, an e-personality, is presented along with the theory to back it up. It’s further investigated and explained how a digital upbringing differs from being introduced to the digital technologies later in life.
Using an auto ethnographical approach I depict my own existence online and drawing on the theory presented in this thesis I see how my identity online has been formed in the more than 10 years I’ve been logged on. Using a marketing discourse I explain how I’ve tried to optimise both my blog and Twitter account in order to gain more followers and popularity.
The influence of the information economy is discussed ; an economy based on web 3.0 where social media is the market and the users via their updates and private information are the product. Taking a look at concepts like privacy and disclosure I describe the general loss of privacy online drawing on relevant examples that very recently unfolded.
Reflecting on the somewhat cautious approach taken to identity online and its consequences, it’s put into perspective what other discourse could have been chosen (i.e. a more praising/appreciative one), but in conclusion it’s summed up that a somewhat negative approach may be necessary to serve as a warning for those who take no precautions online and bare and share it all.