Category Archives: communication

Tropes

“I love acting. It is so much more real than life.”

(Oscar Wilde, Reality Is Unrealistic)

Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. On the whole, tropes are not clich├ęs.

Tropes transcend television. They exist in life. Since a lot of art, especially the popular arts, does its best to reflect life, tropes are likely to show up everywhere.”.

TV Tropes: “a catalog of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction.”.

Straw man

“A straw man is a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue.
The straw man fallacy occurs in the following pattern:

  1. Topic A is under discussion.
  2. Topic B is introduced under guise of being equivalent to topic A.
  3. A participant (usually the one who introduced B) attacks B, as if it were A.”.

(from Wikipedia)

Sottsass

“A winter’s day I was going to wear a heavy wool jacket, and there was a cat that was watching me and I thought: this cat doesn’t understand what I am doing, it knows nothing, it knows neither what is a jacket, nor that there is the winter, nor what is the cold, it doesn’t know anything, and it will never know anything because its brain is structured in a manner such that it doesn’t go beyond certain boundaries, it is useless to want to go further.
We are in the same situation, we are under one roof and we fail to never go beyond.”.

(Ettore Sottsass: Conversation under a roof, translated from Wikiquote)

Godfellas

Bender: “I tried helping them. I tried not helping them but in the end I couldn’t do them any good. Do you think what I did was wrong?”

God: “Right and wrong are just words. What matters is what you do.
Being God isn’t easy, if you do too much, people get dependent.
And if you do nothing, they lose hope.
You have to use a light touch, like a safecracker or a pickpocket.
When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all.”

Godfellas: the transcript at the Internet Movie Script Database.
From Futurama, episode 52: Godfellas, written by Ken Keeler (2002).

Found

“One snowy winter night in Chicago a few years back, Davy went out to his car and found a note on his windshield, a note meant for someone else, a guy named Mario.”.

“We collect found stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids’ homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles, anything that gives a glimpse into someone else’s life. Anything goes.”.

The Found Magazine, by Davy Rothbart and Jason Bitner.

The Nonverbal Dictionary

The Nonverbal Dictionary Of Gestures, Signs & Body Language Cues by David B. Givens:

“Items in this Dictionary have been researched by anthropologists, archaeologists, biologists, linguists, psychiatrists, psychologists, semioticians, and others who have studied human communication from a scientific point of view.”.

From Proxemics:

“I have learned to depend more on what people do than what they say in response to a direct question, to pay close attention to that which cannot be consciously manipulated, and to look for patterns rather than content.”.
(Edward T. Hall, 1968)

100

(This is the post number 100).

I always liked to imagine myself working in a radio, playing records.
In my imagination, this radio is a quiet and little room, isolated and nearly dark, where only a single person can stay: with a table lamp, just to read the titles.

As I said, I used to imagine me there, in a dim light, with my records.
I have usually thought, also, that I would not like to speak so much. Indeed, I would rather try to speak less than possible.

Speaking to fill the time, I don’t know how to deal with this. This need that certain style, and it seems to me to add uselessly things, things just explain themselves.
Actually, I never worked in a radio. I have this site.
(Andrea Pacquola)

Only say things that can be heard

“Never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity.
Don’t assign to stupidity what might be due to ignorance.
And try not to assume your opponent is the ignorant one, until you can show it isn’t you.”.

(Joao Miranda from Assume Stupidity Not Malice in Meatball Wiki)

“You want to communicate your ideas. You want to be heard, preferably understood, and most preferably agreed with.
It doesn’t work. No matter how you try, they just dont’t get it.
Practice saying only those things that the people around you can hear.”.

(Michael Hill in Only Say Things That Can Be Heard)