Amen to that...Marine Always...What does it mean to have a title. We are labeled through elementary school-high school- college- then we turn around and work so hard to have a title by our name at the job. Then...in our spare time...we call ourselves by other titles amongst ourselves...WTF? I don't want a title! I want to work hard, get a check, go home, enjoy the family, enjoy the out of doors...enjoy what it is that I cherish and believe...and I want to not be fr-ck-n' labeled...or be put under a gosh-dang title! I am perfectly willing to accept other peoples titles...until they decide they want to blow my _ss away! And I would not mind a reasonable discussion on what I believe or you believe...or what your particular "title" is... or what flag you're under...just as long as at the end of it...we had some sort of productive understanding...amongst each other.
Otherwise: Who gives a damn about anyone elses title?
Good thoughts you added. Maybe the title thing is to classify and recognize different individuals and to make people feel different from one another. I think that is the problem. Everyone lives by title instead of individualism.
Yeah...and what happens when someone mis-labels someone else...judges someone in the wrong light...and/or thinks they are superior because of their title...That is complete B.S. to me. Deep down in critical points in my life where this has happened to me I want to just go: "Let's go...mano-to-mano...on another open playing field...and see how far that title you have...and/or the label you just gave me...takes you!" That's how I feel right after someone has mis-labeled me...or put their own subjective title to me! (and when they do it to anyone else) yet...even after saying that... I am sure I have probably done the same thing...to alot of other folks!
A title is a hook to draw readers in. It's also the very shortest synopsis there is sometimes -- that's a type of title, the "headline" title can give the main point of your article in a few keywords so that people actively searching for it can find it easily. When I look at new Hubs, I'm not always looking by author.
I'm looking for topic and also for slant. I'm not interested in certain ideas. "A Christian View of Theology" would not interest me because I'm not Christian, but "A Multicultural View of Theology" might get me interested in seeing whether it looked at a wide variety of religions, I enjoy Comparative Religion.
So the title is very useful to an author. It's a hook that can get readers to choose your article over others in the same topic or category. If it expresses your point of view as concisely as the topic then it will draw readers who won't be disappointed.
"Welfare Fraud Burns Me Up" is a very different topic from "Welfare fraud" by itself or "Welfare Fraud is Overestimated."
Something in art instruction, one of my specialties, could be "How to draw a cat" -- and it would be a more effective title if it was "How to draw a manga cat" or "How to draw a Pokemon cat" if that's what it was. I like realistic drawing so I might skip the pokemon or manga articles in favor of the general cat drawing. "How to draw a realistic cat" would definitely get my click.
Titles are all about creating your personal niche. Once a reader likes several of your articles and enjoys your slant and style, they may well become a fan and get an email feed to see more of what they like.
All writers do have a slant. You have ideas about life, the universe and everything from what soap to use to hov the government should be run. Those ideas emerge in your writing, even someone committed to "journalistic objectivity" is expressing a very strong specific slant. Some readers will like it more than others.
Accurate titling is a good way to get and keep your core readers -- the ones who specifically like your ideas and writing style. Online, it also gets sifted for keywords. Coming up with good titles that both contain a lot of keywords and make sense to people is an art in itself, an underappreciated form of poetry.
I think the root reason of your question lies somewhat in the social class system of our society-there is a clear distinction between the high class and low class people.Moreover, every human wants to be unique and wants his work get recognized by others.What is the best way to serve this human nature than giving titles.In fact titles help us to recognize the quality of people.Thanks marin for choosing this excellent topic,now I am thinking of writing a hub on it.
I usually agree with you, but I have to disagree when you say the titles often help us recognize the quality of people. I think titles are mainly misleading for this very reason. If someone has the title of a cop, does this mean they are working for the people looking to help whenever possible? We don't know, all we have is the title. It could be a good cop or it could be a bad cop. Titles equal assumptions most often. We all know where assumptions usually lead. lol
Well said and very good point ,Marine.If you mean a generic position or rank by title then you are right e.g cop.For example,if there are two man in my city with the same name David, suppose one is very kind-known as "David the kind",whereas the other David is very short tempered by nature who is called by people as "the angry young man".In this case both the titles help us to recognize the specialty of character of each David.I think assumption is the prior event of giving any title.It doesn't necessarily mean that all the assumptions will be right or wrong-because its based on some observational events or incidents in case of human behavior.Nonetheless, assumption give us a clue or hints what is important to us.
I agree that assumptions can often give clues or hints that lead to the truth. However, I think they are misleading for the most part. Maybe the "assumptions" is the core of the problem with the "titles". Thanks for adding your thoughts.
I think there is little difference between us giving ourselves labels and others labeling us.
We label ourselves to stand out from the crowd. To be identified as being uniquely you. Few want to stand out, but most want to blend in. Think about here at HP where there are 88000+ hubbers. Those that want to stand out and show our labels are here in the forums and you see us most days. How many are here just blending in?
Other's label us too to make us stand out but for completely different motives. Some want to show just how different we are from them. Examples here at HP include all the threads that include: favorite hubber, sexiest hubber, craziest hubber, troll, sock puppet, newbie, spammer, etc...
Labels and titles make everything neat and categorized. It places everything and everyone "inside the box." As we know, the most creative and successful people are those that are "outside the box."
IMHO: I think they can be the same...in many instances. Not all instances...But consider a Pushy Boss at work...what traits and stereo-types...does he or she fit into a set stereotype or then...trait? What about someone who doesn't try hard to work for a living...what traits and stereotypes does that person fall into? Point being: Maybe you can't have one without the other. Titles> Stereotypes> than just being yourself. (that type of deal...for instance) Maybe...Marine Always...opened up the whole can of worms with this one!
I have always percieved a title is what we give ourselves.. such as ourt screen names.. they are our titles because it is what we want ot present to the community. I have always thought as sterotypes as something society pushes on us or others.. Marine always seems to like to open up the can o worms often ;D
Oh Hell ya'...Why you going to send two years...talking to everyone imaginable...getting slammed at every point by someone....watching every word you say...making two or three speeches a day...having your entire life investigated...and trying to please as many people as possible? Answer: For a title!
Queen certainly is a royal title to hold for those who wish to live by a title. Or it can be a horrible seperation of lives that are born to royalty compared to those born poor. Depending on which perspective is looked at.
That's got to be the short answer...But also...it was one I chose for me personally after some thought. For a Marine, Rochelle...there are no former Marines...They are a Marine for always...it's a way of life...and deff (as BC always says-I like deff-cause I'm always thinking I'm going to misspell definitely) a Marine tha'ng!
Titles have their practical purpose in society; but I think the key is not to allow titles to define us or others beyond that practical purpose. Someone could have the title, "President of Munchkinland", and everyone will know s/he has the role/job of "president of Munchkinland". The title tells us nothing about his/her character, intelligence, or anything else. What too many people do is allow titles to do define themselves or others.
In fact, a title like "World Champ" only tells us someone has become Number 1 among those who actually competed in the competition. It says nothing about who else was out there and better, but just didn't compete (for any number of different reasons). The title, "CEO", of a huge company only tells us that one, isolated (and usually temporary), role of a person - nothing else. People too often assign all kinds of unrelated attributes to those who have on title or another, rather than sort out what that title actually means.
Why are some titles more helpful than others? This is favoritism in the assumptions of titles. Because someone is a doctor or lawyer, should their word be favored by their title over others in an instance not related to their study?
I just learned last night that Queen Elisabeth had bestowed the Knighthood on Teddy Kennedy. That would give him the title of Sir. I thought there was a law against that. No American politician should bear a title like that or IMO should one accept it.
I don't know. Did I lose it? LOL Oh, yes, I will be doing that soon. haha, I almost forgot what you meant. Just don't know yet how I will approach it yet. Don't want to be boring about it or too technical. But for you marine, I will do it. thanks
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