Wednesday, January 1, 2014

OB more definitions

This is a throwaway, we'll be back to the pages tomorrow.

Anyway if you read my summaries of my English translation of the transcript from the Mendel Beilis blood libel trial -- and you had to read all of them -- you came across the phrase "the right half of the brain isn't talking to the left half."  You could probably call it a version of the Latin phrase I also used, "mutatur nomine, de te fabula narrator" (Horace, Satires, Book I, Satire I), of which a later version is Freudian projection.

This comes up because of a recent tweet.  The message totally applied to the sender, who believed it only applied to the sendee.

Analysis:  The sender's only good point was having the courage to tweet instead of sending a message to email, but still, it was a piece of bullying, on a tweet conversation about the philosophy of a person who surely would condemn bullying.  So the sender is somebody who is only involved in the conversation to be involved in the conversation, not somebody who believes in the philosophy in the context of which the tweet was sent. 

What about you?  Are you doing this just to do it, or because you want to help people?  You can't do that on Twitter.  My niece and I agree that you can't say anything deep or meaningful in 144 characters -- especially if there is more than one person to whom the response will go, which subtracts from how many characters you have to communicate with.

It's like speed dating, you won't get anything from it unless you date the same person more than once in a non-speed way.  Just showing up doesn't count.

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