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too early in the morning for philosophy

Still, when something like this catches your attention before your brain's been properly caffeinated, you have to think the man's onto something.

I think Cobb's onto something here, and while it doesn't really explain the moral failure of that dork Spitzer, it does point to part of the reason it's so tough to have any kind of nuanced position on anything controversial without people calling you a hypocrite. Of course, since most of the people calling you out like that have morals like Moebius strips themselves, it's just chaff littering the social radar, but it till confuses and annoys people. Anyway, yes: one winds up presenting different faces to different groups of people, because each group is looking for something different out of you. Fundamentally, you're the same person (otherwise you have a serious problem either morally or psychologically, and either way you best get help) but each group sees you in light of the interests you have in common.

Are men and women really different in this way? Do women not sort their lives and their friends into separate work/home/fandom/gamer boxes? I don't claim to have spent years studying this, but I think the waffles/spaghetti analogy is dead on. I know it would be very easy for me to sort my friends and acquaintances into separate groups labeled "Anime Detour", "DC gamers", "work" (currently empty), and so on. Thoughts, anyone?

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chebutykin
Mar. 14th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Do women not sort their lives and their friends into separate work/home/fandom/gamer boxes?

Hard to speak up at the moment, as I can't watch the original video from work. Personally, I do have compartments, but I overlap them a lot. I invite people to events because they might be interested in the particular event, rather than because I know them from a certain social circle. I like mashing social circles where I can.

I tend to keep work friends separate as a) most of the folks here aren't into most of the social gatherings I put together, and b) there's a confidential nature to my particular work that I'd rather not tinker with. However, if I wound up working at the office with someone who's a raging geek, you bet they'd get invited to the movie parties. In fact, back when Paul and I hosted private movie openings for the blockbuster du jour, I'd regularly invite corporateland coworkers as well as friends from other arenas.
wombat_socho
Mar. 14th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Take a look at the video and let me know what you think after you've seen it.
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