It's what we love to see in movies but dread to deal with in reality.
We often find ourselves comparing our own lives to protagonists that exist out there in some cinema or novel; perhaps even connecting to the antagonists that pop up from time to time. With the common characteristics that exist out there, we come up with a name--stereotypes--for each. Everyone, regardless of what they think, fit into some sort of stereotype. Among them lies a Goth, Jock, Nerd...and the list goes on.
While society could not be what it is today without these stereotypical groups, research has found that some groups tend to outnumber others. The question is, what happens when society begins to determine every living person's stereotype before their first breath? How would you feel knowing that the exact moment that you existed, your identity as a person is already pinpointed? The moment you were created, doctors and professors were beginning to calculate what stereotype is needed most of.
Which brings us to our current experiment.
One's place in society is effected by various factors that include the people around them and the environment of their home, amongst other things. With this in mind, each parent is responsible for creating a world for their children to succeed in whatever stereotype they are assigned. The Prep starts her cheer leading career at the age of three, the Nerd is destined to learn Latin by the time they are five years old; The Goth is to listen to dark foreboding music while they are in their mother's womb and other preparations designed specifically for each stereotype that exists.
Will things go according to plan? Theoretically, it would. If the parents didn't stray from their responsibilities, and if each child was exposed to a certain subject related to their stereotype for a minimum amount of time. Everyday at 5:00 PM, children are to go to their room and turn on their television to the only channel that are available to them. The Bobo Doll Experiment conducted in 1961 by Albert Bandura had helped scientists of our day to conduct this kind of social conditioning.
To keep society at a balance, there must be an equal amount of people. And in this type of society, that meant that for every goth that existed, a prep and a nerd, and all the other stereotypes must be in existence as well. How do scientists make their decision for a stereotype? It is mainly by chance, and calculations in a demographic sense.
It has been evident that even though a mother may be a prep, and a father a jock, their child can come out as goth. In a society like this, Utopia, as we like to call it, each norm has their own parts in a community. While it is discouraged to interact with a different stereotypical group, it has not been passed as a law to enforce segregation.
Now that we've got the background of our experiment down, let me take this time to inform you of the parameters. On the left side of our diverse community, exists an elite group called "The Controllers", while on our right, there exists "The Experimentalists." Throughout our experiment, we will observe these two groups--and certain individuals--and witness the wonders of the human nature to conform--as well as attempt to solve, once and for all, the question of nature vs. nurture. Later on, I will explain the different groups who fit in the elite (otherwise known as Controllers) and those who fit in the Experimentalists.
Our research question does not relate to the stereotypes themselves, or the conditioning which we utilized to create Utopia. No, instead, our question deals with the social relationships between each stereotype. While it is not known to both the experimentalists and the controllers, the Scientists have installed several Confederates into each community as well.
Who knows what our experiment will lead us to? Only time can tell. Each house has been installed with cameras to allow us to naturally observe our subjects. And now, it is up to our subjects to fulfill their part in the experiment.
Welcome to Utopia.