Some perils of communication

Giving people room … to dance

Articles we’re discussing in this bloxt:

Miss Universe Canada finalist calling attention to gun violence
The Power of Proofreading
Cooch
Oooooh, I like this – Miss Universe Canada raising awareness about a significant social issue … beauty pageant contestants showing their deeper side … people who are not customarily thought of as speaking up (like athletes) bringing issues to the attention of the public by using their media presence …

Bast
With social media, this is happening more and more often. Celebrities can influence their followers to a great degree, and therefore have a certain responsibility for moral leadership.
Cooch
Yeah – being feisty comes in all shapes & sizes. You got something to say that comes from the heart – you say it. I think we need to give people a bit of room to do that.
Cooch
Living life online gives people more of a voice, but it’s also less forgiving because there is always someone ready to take issue with what you say. Skills we need to live these days: how to express ourselves, how to listen, how to discuss issues. New school curriculum? 
Bast
Active listening is a key skill…
Cooch
And kinda related – this survey that showed 74% of 18-34-year-olds are bothered by grammar mistakes they see on social media! One of the best signs that there is hope for the world.
Bast
Wow – glad they can even ID them!
Cooch
Oh be nice.
Question: if most communication is non-verbal, what would a typo look like? And what would be the equivalent of, say, a misplaced apostrophe?
Cooch
Okay, technically that’s two questions.
Bast
The answer to both is … interpretive dance.
Cooch
Ha! But I like interpretive dance. Sometimes. Actually, only when I’m the one dancing.
Cooch
Perhaps interpretive dance should be added to the alternative school curriculum as well.
Bast
Definitely. I think interpretive dance should only be done alone. But then who would interpret it? Oooooohhh.
Cooch
If a tree falls in the forest ….
I always thought it was about the dancer interpreting something through dance,
rather than an audience interpreting what the dancer is doing. You see how confusing even non-verbal communication can be?
Cooch
The perils of communication:
Bast
Talk about communication perils. Waiting at the airport for (vacation buddy who shall remain nameless). Having a vanilla milkshake and wings. Don’t even know her flight number. Don’t judge.
Cooch
Not judging. Just look out for brain freeze. That can make you say some wacky stuff. Might even make you dance.

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