Codes

We were talking today in class about the way that the book portrays everything as some type of code. There is the way that we percieve people, which Enoch Root theorizes is not who that person actually is but rather who we have catalogued that person as. Lawrence imagined that there were people across the ocean who were reading the waves of the ocean that had changed due to footprints he'd made in the sand. On page 670, Randy uses the phrase, "The most cigarettes" which meas nothing to other people, but to Avi and Randy, who understand it, it is a shortened version of the phrase, "We could end up in prison married to the guy with the most cigarettes." I really liked this use of code because Randy and Doug use predetermined words that they use to stand for other things, but we rarely see our everyday conversation as a type of code. This also reminded me of the way that deaf people communicate. Because American Sign Language doesn't have words for everything, especially words for technology, deaf communities usually have their own hand symbols for these words. The thing is that each community has their own distinct symbols that no other community understands.

Even our generation has sorts of conversational codes, like words we use on the internet, phrases from popular culture, etc. that people from other cultures or generations wouldn't understand. The whole internet culture has spawned lots of codes, some that are well known (abbreviations, like brb, lol, stuff like that) and some that only more experienced users like Randy (or the typical computer nerd) know. I bet there are people who could have a whole conversation on the internet and older people or unexperienced computer users wouldn't understand a word of it.