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Brennan Jackson, Section 103 Informant data: Entry 1 Name, age, gender: Vicente Guerrero, 18, Male Ethnic/national background: Mexican-American Place collected: Bowles Hall Date collected: February 1, 2010 GENRE OF ITEM, ACTION OR OBJECT : Insult COLLECTED BY : Brennan Jackson DESCRIPTION OF ITEM : “Noob” CONTEXT : While in the process of playing the first-person shooter video game “Halo 3” over the Internet via Xbox Live, Vicente (the player) referred to one of the other players in the room as a “n00b” in a condescending manner. The second player in question had managed to be killed in-game in a manner that was found to be hard to believe for a person of their skill level. After justifying the situation in a manner that was found to be inadequate, Vicente referred to the other player as a “n00b.” INFORMANT AND AUDIENCE INTERPRETATION : The term was meant in a condescending tone; the term is meant to be an insult, derived from the slang “newb,” itself shortened from the slang “newbie,” meaning one who is new to some sort of task or environment. While “newb” is meant to indicate one who is still getting accustomed to an environment, the term “noob” (or “n00b” in the “1337/leet” variant of the spelling, which is a number-substitution cipher common within video game culture making use of the visual similarities between certain letters and numbers, such as “O” and “0,” or “E” and “3”) is meant to be a derogatory term for those who similarly lack skill, but unlike the “newb” will not admit to their lack of skill and/or should not be lacking in skill in such a manner. COLLECTOR’S INTERPRETATION : The use of such terminology (and even specialized spelling, to a point) indicates that there is a complex and important relationship amongst gamers. The insult focuses on two aspects: skill and etiquette. First, it is used to describe those who do not have or act as if they do not have skill at the task set before them (namely, a video game). Secondly, it is based upon whether or not one 1) admits to their lack of aforementioned skill, and 2) acts amongst others at their appropriate skill level. Considering a large number of these games (including the situation in which this was collected from) involve teams and teamwork, such display of appropriate and/or basic skills is seen as a form of manners.
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Brennan Jackson, Section 103 Informant data: Entry 2 Name, age, gender: John Mersch IV, 19, Male Ethnic/national background: American Place collected: Bowles Hall Date collected: February 2, 2010 GENRE OF ITEM, ACTION OR OBJECT: Greeting COLLECTED BY : Brennan Jackson DESCRIPTION OF ITEM : Caller- “Hello, Bowles Hall!” Responders: “Hello, Asshole!” CONTEXT : In the Bowles Hall Common Room, many of the residents were gathered to hear the candidates for the Hall Association's Executive committee give their campaign speeches. Many of the speakers for various positions opened with a greeting deemed as traditional, wherein they spoke to the
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