In the field of sociology, there is a phenomenon that we study--regardless of specialization--called shaming. Shaming is all about creating strata. It's about us vs. them, the washed and the unwashed, the hip and the nerd, the righteous and the damned. Shaming is often used as a tool when you want those who fall in the them/unwashed/nerd/damned (TUND) category to toe the line and be like you (i.e. the us/washed/hip/righteous crowd; UWHP.)
Thanks to Blogger, we have a similar scenario of shaming. Now, when I go to Blogger's home page to log into my blog, this is what I see.
Note the use of the words "New" and "Old" and the juxtaposition of the Google type face with a dull, san serif typeface for the word Blogger. Even before that, though, notice the seemingly innocent, but belittling query, "But first, where do you blog?" Right away, they're letting you know, you might not be quite up to par and you may find yourself in the out group.
As I have not switched over to betaBlogger, I am in the TUND crowd. I have a Google account, but I'm not interested in using it for this blog as it's tied to another blog I'm thinking of starting down the road and I'd like the two to be separate. Furthermore, I'm not interested in owning two Google accounts. Hence, I'm TUND.
As a result, I get sent to this page to sign in:
So not the NEW Blogger.
For those who have been shamed into it, you get to sign in here:
Okay, okay. I'll confess. Eventually I'll get tired of the whole new vs. old crap and I'll switch, too. But until then, I'm staying right where I am.