So, a couple of blog posts ago I talked about how I used Reddit in order to get the opinions of people all across the world. This time, I wanted to do the same but rather focus on the views they have on the homeless. This time not only was it for me to avoid a bias from my part of view, but also to see what the social perception of homeless on a general site like this as well.
Again, I was pleasantly surprised with the reactions that I got. I went in with the idea that there was going to be a lot of negative connotations with the homeless; however they were much more honest and sympathetic in the answers. Every answer given was truthful (I hope) to the person in that they all wish to help out those living on the streets yet they don’t know why there are there.
Its interesting to see that they would be happy to help those that were homeless by bad circumstances but not those by drug abuse; the question that pops into mind is that how do you know what has happened?
Our these views of yours justified in the sense that you have gone up to the person and has a proper conversation with them, or is it a conception already there due to how society sees the homeless? In complete contrast, another person says they try their best by giving all sorts of objects to them (water bottles, gloves etc) because every little helps to them. However what was interesting was they wouldn’t give any more money due to the fear of how it would be used.
So what I want to start looking at with my work is the social perceptions on the homeless and how they have loss their identity. The identity they have at the minute is one forced upon them by society, but I want to look at trying to regain the identity they previously have had. Identity for the homeless is a complex issue overall, so it has to be considered everywhere.
Bibliography: reddit,. ‘Reddit, What Do You Think When You See The Homeless On The Street And Why? • /R/Askreddit’. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 Mar. 2015.