“Tell me what you like and I’ll tell you what you are”

“Tell me what you like and I’ll tell you what you are” – John Ruskin (1819-1900).

Would John Ruskin be rolling in his grave if he found out that Buzzfeed Quizzes stole his tagline?

While most Buzzfeed Quizzes in particular are typically funny and their answers are a bit of a stretch, they ask you various questions and will tell you what you career you should have, what city you should live in or even what kind of donut are you.

The consequences of social thinking circa 2017.

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One thought on ““Tell me what you like and I’ll tell you what you are”

  1. It’s fascinating how peoples’ obsession with arbitrary personality quizzes relate to this quote from over a century ago. Ruskin’s context for this quote was that he was arguing a person’s social position determined their tastes, and that a person’s subjective preferences are actually dependant on class and class-related morality.

    I wonder how this factors into modern personality quizzes like those widely available on buzzfeed. Are people really just the sum of their tastes, which are a product of their class? Or do people transcend these boundaries, making Ruskin’s view irrelevant?

    Source: http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/ruskin/block1.html

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