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How I say it tells you what it's like to be me

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:31 am    Post subject: How I say it tells you what it's like to be me Reply with quote

How I say it is really about "performance".

But, what I say, you could think of that as a product, as production.


Sometimes I'm interested in a product, say some specific information, and I'm not interested in the performance aspect. Learning about what it is like to be the radio news announcer could be slightly intrusive.

On the other hand, I might be interested in this news announcement because I find the one conveying the information to be especially interesting. The performance aspect allows you to convey elements of what it is like to be you, which could be fascinating, if I have not encountered this personality pattern or, say, political viewpoint, before.

We have biological evidence for the importance of the identity-transfer aspect of performance, in the form of "mirror neurons" and in the way we subconsciously flinch and strain our muscles when watching actors, dancers, or athletes.

What is it, then that drives people either toward or away from careers involving "performance"? Their skill and their desire to convey what it is like to be them.

For some, there might be nothing *but* showmanship. For others, an accountant, say, may be glad to know that nobody noticed that he opened the manila folder somewhat gracelessly, and broke a few pencil leads along the way.
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