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Old 10-12-2015, 12:35   #61
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Re: The Cult Of Likabilty

I thought the whole article was fluff, but that's what professional writers do; crank out new ways to say the same old thing. The most telling part of the article was this sentence:

"As a member of Generation X, rejecting, or more likely ignoring, the status quo came easily to me. "

Every generation has made that claim.

"Ultimately, the reputation economy is about making money. It urges us to conform to the blandness of corporate culture and makes us react defensively by varnishing our imperfect self so we can sell and be sold things."

Well duh, except there's more to it, like selling us political viewpoints and religion. Again, this has been going on forever, even if it has just become evident to Mr. Ellis.

"This in turn has led to the awful idea — and booming business — of reputation management, where a firm is hired to help shape a more likable, relatable You. Reputation management is about gaming the system. It’s a form of deception, an attempt to erase subjectivity and evaluation through intuition, for a price."

Actually, this idea has been around forever, known by different labels - "spin doctors" and "perception management" are two recent incarnations. Advertising long ago switched from extolling the virtues of a particular product to creating and managing an image to which they want their customers to aspire.
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What is important is that we are all individuals.


You are all individuals
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I thought the whole article was fluff, but that's what professional writers do; crank out new ways to say the same old thing.
Funny that one of the concepts the author discusses in the article is that people in the arena of social media people consider themselves expert reviewers even if they have no idea what the are talking about.

Since you consider this author to be one to crank out new ways to say the same old thing I would infer that you have neither read or seen the movies based on the author's books Less Than Zero, American Psycho, Luna Park, or Imperial Bedrooms and therefor have no idea what you are talking about.

Thanks for sharing your expert review of the article. Job well done at proving the author's point!
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Kinda like attending a meeting of anarchists .
Couldn't even bring the meeting to order.
Neither can they for sailors. So they start races with a cannon!
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Couldn't even bring the meeting to order.
Neither can they for sailors. So they start races with a cannon!
(that means I liked this but didn't want to "Like It")
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I figured there'd be a few conforming non-confirmists in the crowd you wouldn't like.
Actually, I take it back. I like everyone here -- just not all the time .

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Couldn't even bring the meeting to order.
Neither can they for sailors. So they start races with a cannon!
Wouldn't that contravene CF's "Play Nice" rules ?

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I hear ya. I miss the days when people who didn't have something constructive, or at least humorous to say would basically keep their thoughts to themselves.

Perhaps you skipped the article that this thread was originally based upon, and went straight to your own uniformed opinion.

Here's another tip. Nobody cares what you think about who Americans vote for. The subject is likability, and Trump is very much part of this subject, and this discussion.

Pay attention. See if you can pick up some reading comprehension skills along with your new sense of humor.
I apologize, but the best way to learn is through discourse. A discussion may not always lend itself to agreement. In the old days, there was at least respect to hear the other side out and politely debate the topics at point value as opposed to prejudging the individual based upon his overall belief or inclusion in a group.

Essentially, we have taken to attacking the person and not the idea in the belief that the attack will discredit the idea.

History buffs can follow a very dangerous pattern when that truly takes hold on a society.
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you WILL conform to the spelling police or pay the consequences, you know. This could even find it's way into your permanent file.

It's worse than the brits sticking an extra "i" in aluminum just so they can get away with mispronouncing it.
At least the Brits know how to pronounce nuclear.
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They used to.. the "George W Bush" pronunciation, "nucular" is getting more common. Heard it from a BBC reporter the other day. Almost choked on my Cheerios.

It's almost as bad as "could care less". Then there's my real pet hate.... interim pronounced "intrum". It has 3 syllables, folks : in....ter....rim.
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group, think, likability, sailors

Four words that if used together just proves the person is lying.
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... Then there's my real pet hate.... interim pronounced "intrum". It has 3 syllables, folks : in....ter....rim.
Miriam Webster says: in·ter·im \ ˈin-tə-rəm\
Interim | Definition of Interim by Merriam-Webster

But sounds like “in-ter-uhm” to me ➥ http://media.merriam-webster.com/sou...i/interi01.wav

Which matches the Random House pronunciation: “in-ter-uh m” ➥ Interim | Define Interim at Dictionary.com

Perhaps just another case of America vs the World.

And the, there's Canada vs the world ➥ http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03...n_2853947.html
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Hip To Be Square, a song about the pleasure of conformity and the importance of friends.

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Funny to find such a large group of unique non-conformists here. Kinda like attending a meeting of anarchists .

BTW, I like you all ... except for you. YOU know who you are .
Also: Kinda like attending a meeting of The Singlehanded Sailors Association.

I heard they had their first cruise-out together just last week.

I know who he [or she] is, too.
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Miriam Webster says: in·ter·im \ ˈin-tə-rəm\
Interim | Definition of Interim by Merriam-Webster

But sounds like “in-ter-uhm” to me ➥ http://media.merriam-webster.com/sou...i/interi01.wav

Which matches the Random House pronunciation: “in-ter-uh m” ➥ Interim | Define Interim at Dictionary.com

Perhaps just another case of America vs the World/
Indeed, it doesn't surprise me that the US dictionaries get it wrong too.
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They used to.. the "George W Bush" pronunciation, "nucular" is getting more common. Heard it from a BBC reporter the other day. Almost choked on my Cheerios.
It's almost as bad as "could care less". Then there's my real pet hate.... interim pronounced "intrum". It has 3 syllables, folks : in....ter....rim.
My peeves are "John, he said" not, "John said"
and "particuly" instead of "particularly".
That last one is like fingernails on a blackboard.
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