Parlors

Imagine that you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, a discussion too heated for them to pause and tell you exactly what it is about. In fact, the discussion had already begun long before any of them got there, so that no one person is qualified to retrace for you all the steps that had gone before. You listen for a while, until you decide that you have caught the tenor of the argument; then you put in your defense; another aligns himself against you, to either the embarrassment or gratification of your opponent, depending upon the quality of your ally’s assistance. However, the discussion is interminable. The hour grows late, you must depart. And you do depart, with the discussion still vigorously in progress.  -Kenneth Burke, 1941

This is a paragraph excerpt from Kenneth Burke. Parlor is like a discussion that people have already told about the topic for a while and you come in late and join the conversation later. It’s like my research, a lot of researchers and experts have already study in this field in a while, and I came in late and study this topic from their knowledge. I collect their knowledge and gather them into this blog.

I also participate some parlors in my class in UNC Charlotte. We discussed the book “Reclaiming Conversation – The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,” which is written by Sherry Turkle. We discussed about the body language that people have during a face-to-face conversation. Body language is an important clues that people can understand what other people’s thinking while talking in front of each other which is not easily to see in social media or online communication applications. Therefore, I think body language is important and necessary for our social lives. I started to do some researches in this field, and I found there is much information online and in library. This is the opportunity that I began to work on this blog.

Advertisements