Being at university, I’m at a point in my life where unfortunately most of my decisions tend to provide a parallel with my intellect (or lack of). Little instances provide us with an inkling of other peoples’ ranges of intellect also (what they read, what they speak about, what they eat). In my opinion this can be incredibly misleading. I guess perhaps this comes under the theory of Pierre Bordieu’s Cultural Capital. Cultural Capital is defined by Bordieu as a collection of symbolic elements that individuals acquire depending on their class status – for instance taste, skills, clothing, mannerisms and behaviour. Therefore, in reality you could box someone into a class depending on their cultural capital. Although I don’t enjoy it when people assume parallels of intellect for me based on my class status, it does happen and at times it is appropriate.
Recently, I was lead to question whether it is fair to judge someone’s intellect, based on what they watch on television. Yes, there may be a link with what people watch on television, and what their personality and class is like at times. Nonetheless, I find it uncomfortable to think like that because what I watch on television only reflects certain elements of my personality. For instance, I consider myself to be an academic and at times well educated, yet I still love watching mind-numbing reality programs as a form of escapism and relaxation. At other times when I’m in the mood, I love watching documentaries or programs that offer debate. If someone else made a judgement based on the amount of reality TV that I watch, they may think that my intellect doesn’t flow very deep – when I like to think at times it can.
What do you think?