Its a new semester, and with that there is new knowledge to be attained and new theories, quotes and fun facts to discover. I am continuing my tradition of putting up “Something To Think About.” As I explained in my initial posting of this these are just quotes and things I come across as I read my life away for yet another semester. I recently came across an idea I thought was extremely interesting and thought provoking.
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Its from my communication text book on communication theory, this specific idea is from the theory of Dramatism by Kenneth Burke. The selection is a little long for the blog readers who like to skim, but its worth a read.
“Burke wrote extensively about hierarchies, bureaucracies, and other ordered systems that rank how well people observe society’s negative rules. He was convinced that no matter how high you climb on the performance ladder, you’ll always feel a strong sense of embarrassment for not having done better. The guilt-inducing high priests of the hierarchy are the professional symbol users of society–teachers, lawyers, journalists, artists, and advertising copy writers….The final phrase, “rotten with perfection,” is an example of what Burke called perspective by incongruity. The device calls attention to a truth by linking two incongruous words. Burke uses this technique to suggest that our seemingly admirable drive to do things perfectly can hurt us and others in the process. Our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness. Both our success and failures heighten our desire to find someone on whom we can dump our load of guilt. Burke believed that getting rid of guilt is the basic plot of human drama.”
From the book Amusing Ourselves To Death:
“In Mumford’s great book Technics and Civilization, he shows how, beginning in the fourteenth century, the clock made us into time-keepers, and then time-savers, and now time-servers.”
In college, we read… A LOT. I think I read 400 pages a week. These 400 pages consist of various things from books, to articles, to newspapers poems etc. And in this reading I quite often come across quotes that really stand out and speak to me and support my ideologies on life. So I decided to incorporate it as a segment on this blog. I am calling it ‘Something To Think About.’ Every week I am going to post a quote that stood out the most. And I know putting quotes in your ‘away message’ on AIM is quite popular so this may help provide with some material.
Here is the first:
“Society is the product of man and man is the product of society.”
(The Sacred Canopy, Berger)