Why You Should Be An Anthropologist

I majored in anthropology because I thought anthropology degrees could be useful things could be useful in unexpected ways.The other day I used it to shut down an internet troll.

Here’s the setup: There’s going to be a new Jesus moving starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara. Shame on Rooney Mara for consistently going after ethnic roles when she is Whitey McWhite.

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR IS IN THIS MOVIE AND HE’S NOT PLAYING JESUS! Side note:let’s start a campain to get Chiwetel Ejiofor to play Juan de Perez

I was commenting on a Collider Movie Talk episode on YouTube.

Me: Not another Jesus movie starring white people!

Troll(paraphrased): Oh really? And what do you know about ethnic migration? *I’ve pinpointed a device they use to redirect the argument. It’s the old rhetorical question and it, like sarcasm, can be difficult to interpret on the internet.*

Me: *answers the rhetoical question because I’m a sucker*Actually,  I’m an anthropology major who took several classes on the Ancient Near East.

Troll: *silence*
So, there it is, a completely unexpected end to what I figured would be a lengthy comment feud. You’d be surprised how useful an anthropology degree can be.



Activation Achieved

I have spent a lot of time praising the internet but only participating in half measures. I have been a lurker, a youtube addict, and occasionally an anonymous commentor. So today I have decided to take the full measure and create a real presence digitally (or as real as the internet can be).

I’ve applied to graduate school for anthropology twice and been rejected twice, which hurt.   But I had my cry, and then I decided if I couldn’t go to school to learn how to be an applied anthropologist, I’d learn how to do it myself.  Right now I’m fighting for the Huaorani to maintain their territorial rights. I am going to use my skills as an anthropologist to do it.