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Koobecaf Ethnongraphy: Maryclare Wheeler
Maryclare Wheeler Professor Wesch Koobecaf Essay 20 September 2008 Koobecaf: The social scene for the Nacirema The Nacirema are a strange group of peoples. They are social beings by nature, yet most of their daily socializing is not done face to face. It seems strange to the outsider, but it is a way of life to most of the Nacirema. The net made this acceptable in daily life to communicate without seeing one another. This may seem lazy, but also has an upside. The Nacirema use a net to communicate. This net connects one person to another that could be across the tribal territory. This territory is vast, making the net even more necessary. Koobecaf developed as the net began to expand in popularity. While studying the Nacirema, one can become accustomed to the strange ways of Koobecaf. It has its own special place in the net. It is one of the most popular places for the Nacirema to visit on the net. Koobecaf is especially popular with the adolescents of the Nacirema. Koobecaf is a special social scene on the net. Each Nacirema has their own page which they put all of their personal information. This information becomes impersonal because any of their friends can see them. This is just one example of the ironies of Koobecaf. Also a person may post personal messages and pictures taken from their daily life. These photos and messages can also be seen by their friends. A whole sublanguage has developed out of the use of Koobecaf. A Nacirema will stop during the middle of an action or conversation and say, “that would make a great srekcitsrepmub, I will send you it!” All of the actions of the day are revolved around this site on the net. The Nacirema often find themselves checking their own personal Koobecaf fifteen times a day. The way of acting on the net isn’t usually deemed appropriate in the outside society. One can be a “reklats Koobecaf.” This is a person who tracks every move of another person through Koobecaf. This is usually done through pictures and personal information. There is also a status so they can even know the mood and what a person is up to. One can know everything about a person through their Koobecaf. Koobecaf has spread from the Nacirema to other tribes. It has become a worldwide culture. People can talk to each other across the ocean. The net and Koobecaf has made mass communication possible. As an outsider looking in on this society one would think that talking to someone who you can’t see is slightly crazy, but as the Koobecaf takes holds the ties become stronger and stronger. One finds themselves on Koobecaf every day. One can check constantly to see what others are doing, or to see if a friend is on to chat. Koobecaf has enveloped the Nacireman society. Everyone who is anyone has a Koobecaf. Koobecaf and daily life have become intertwined. Universities and schools use Koobecaf to get the word out. Life and Koobecaf go hand and hand.
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