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The BS-Wrestling Pit / Contrastive Rhetoric
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on Today at 01:49:23 AM »
The claim that rhetorical style differs across cultures was formally invented in 1966 by Robert Kaplan when he published Cultural Thought Patterns in Inter-Cultural Education. In short, goes the claim, cultural differences shape expectations and modes of expression when it comes to information sharing.

Now, we know cultures differ. We know different cultures differ in what they will prioritise and how they will evaluate. I find that easier to digest than "culture", that there exist different internalised values and therefore there exist different externalised expression, and that we might speak of that phenomenon in large-scale terms....

Anyway, Kaplan, fifty years ago, claimed it went something like this:



As far as I can tell, the lines taking jagged paths represent digression and the spiral represents closing in on the main point by introducing various new perspectives. The straight line indicates focused linear development without digression.

So.... racist or accurate? Are there different, and within their own context, potentially equally successful presentations of information and expectations on communication?

Presumably this is only racist if we suppose the different styles cannot be shared, or if we assert that straight line is best line....
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Tv
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on Yesterday at 12:55:31 PM »

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The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's in the News
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on July 21, 2017, 11:56:25 PM »
You won't belieb what China did next!!!

Justin Bieber banned from China for 'bad behaviour'

Beijing’s culture bureau says star has caused ‘discontent among the public’ and his exclusion is needed to ‘purify’ arts

“I just need one more shot, second chances,” Justin Bieber sings on his latest album.

Not least, it seems, with Chinese authorities who have announced the Canadian pop idol will not be allowed to perform in the People’s Republic because of his on and offstage antics.

Bieber will jet into Asia later this year as part of his Purpose World Tour with shows scheduled in Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. But Beliebers in mainland China look set to be disappointed....



#notTheOnion
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Jumping in to resurrect this one- Just been offered 3 jobs (at age 60 from outside the Big Silly) and told that SOME PROVINCES can do this till age 65. Not holding my breath about getting a Z visa though. We shall see... still not sure if I want to do this or not. Mr Piglet is pushing as he has bad China Withdrawal Syndrome.  mmmmmmmmmm
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: What Are You Reading??
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on July 20, 2017, 05:54:14 AM »
Finished Berserker's Planet.  Sadly, the one detail I remembered from reading this a very very long time ago was how the final victory at the end of the book was done.  Other than having remembered that massive spoiler, it was fun to read again. agagagagag

Just started reading Berserker Man.
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: What Are You Reading??
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on July 18, 2017, 06:33:06 AM »
Got distracted by Lovecraft's The Curious Case of Charles Dexter Ward, but have returned to reading Fred Saberhagan's Berserkers in the order they were published.

Finished the 2nd book - Brother Assassin and am currently on Berserker's Planet.

Brother Assassin is unique in the books (unless there's something like this in one of the few stories I haven't read yet) by combining Berserkers with one of Saberhagan's other obsessions - Time travel.  It's got 3 main stories.  My only complaint is common to most SciFi writers of the period showing some other planet where humans had to work their way up from the stone age to modern technology. - When it's time to show some historical events, it's amazing just how painfully close they are to very specific incidents in Earth's history.  The names are changed, but the events and people are far far too close to the originals.  If this flaw in the book can be ignored, it's well worth reading.
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: RIP: George A Romero
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on July 18, 2017, 06:22:01 AM »
I'd be sadder if I weren't confident that he'll be coming back as a zombie any minute now.

Hey George, before you start feasting on the living, here's a free round for you. agagagagag
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The Champagne Cabana / RIP: George A Romero
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on July 18, 2017, 05:57:39 AM »


My introduction to the "...of The Dead" movies was in fact via Tom Savini with his 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead with Tony Todd and Patricia Tallman. That might have been my true intro to the "final girl" trope too. Very much enjoyed.


"They coming for you, Barbara"
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