Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Dangers of Personas and Symbols


Aaaaaaaand fucking Hyde goes and decides to blab and cocktease at the same time.

Well, I’m all cocktease, because I’ve still gotta talk to this girl a bit before I let you know what’s going on there.

Instead, I’m going to be talking about something I’ve learned about personas and masks, and the symbols we associate with them.  Remember how I bitch about not being able to eat jerky anymore?  Yeah, I do that a lot, don’t I?  That’s because I can’t see a Slim Jim without thinking of him because you idiots decided to nickname him Slim Jim.  Well, I’m guilty myself now.  Because whenever I hear someone mention Jekyll and Hyde or see those drama masks, I think of Jekyll and, as a result, the Slender Man.

It’s like what A said way back when.  Is he still around?  He was an asshole.  I think I said that before, but it’s worth reiterating.  Anyway, that theory of his that the Operator Symbol’s purpose is to make you think of the Slender Man.  Well, we’re doing that ourselves, accidentally.  Single-lettered names.  Specific names.  I saw a commercial for Chase credit cards and thought of Chase, who evidently follows fucking everything.

So, I suppose what my advice is is to either pick something so common that you don’t associate it primarily with the Slender Man, or to pick something so obscure that you’re never going to see it outside the mythos.

Finally, keep in mind others as well.  Sure, you might associate your own name with you and you only, but who’s to say that anyone else knows, say, an Avalesca.  Nothing against you, Ava, just that you have a pretty unusual name.  I don’t know anyone else with your name.  But let’s say that I meet another Ava.

Where does my mind immediately go?

It’s impossible to avoid completely, and I’m not about to change my name or avatar at this point.  But it’s something that you want to at least have in mind.

Oh, also, Tony?  Just finally managed to catch up with your blog.  You’re kind of an asshole.  I like that.  Bestest buds for life?  Okay, sounds good!



  1. Avalesca? It IS a weird name. Who knew?

  2. That's kind of hard, isn't it? I mean, it used to be just The Game, but now The Game is playing its own Game.

  3. It's INSANELY hard. It's just something to keep in mind when choosing a name and avatar.