Theory of arrogance, audiences and life stories.

Went a bit m.i.a. in here as my new course started, drowning me in school related things to read. It is quite interesting, for the most part, but A LOT. Hence, not a lot will be happening in here for a bit. But, something interesting that came up during on of my lectures - we were talking about different types of audiences, and in particular something referred to as the diffuse audience. My notes on the subject (in Swedish...):

- The diffuse (Vi är alla hela tiden någon form utav publik. Samhället är genomsyrat utav medier och annat som vi hela tiden konsumerar, vi skapar rutiner utifrån denna mediekonsumtion. Radio på morgonen, läsa tidningen, ett TV-program som går vid en viss tidpunkt. I och med internet blir rutinerna inte fullt så tidsbestämda, mer ”on-demand”. På samma sätt är vi själva aktörer inför andra som blir vår publik. Distans mellan de som ”uppträder” och ”publiken”, vi är hela tiden konsumenter liksom presentatörer.)

Samhället är ett spektakel; människor uppträder som att de är ständiga författare och skådespelare inför en egen, imaginär publik.

Translation of that last bit: Society is a spectacle; people act as if they're constant authors and actors in front of their own, imaginary, audience.


It makes me think of what Blue's father tells her in Special Topics of Calamity Physics:


“Always live your life with your biography in mind.”




“Dad's Theory of Arrogance--that everyone always
assumes they're the Principal Character of Desire
and/or Loathing in everybody else's Broadway Play.”


Have to plead guilty here. I think the first, in part, helps us feel that what we do means something. That it is part of a whole, has a beginning, an end and a middle and is followed up by someone who cares about these otherwise so often insignificant details that make up our lives. As for the second part, drawn to an extreme, it puts in perspective all those bad hair-days and embarassments speaking in class and saying something silly. SUCH ARROGANCE. Who even cares, who even notices? Why do we so often assume other people's thoughts circle around our successes or our failings?

Hazy Sunday ramblings on the subject, but I find it very interesting. I enjoy living life with "my biography  in mind", I can start "adding soundtracks" to especially picturesque moments in my life and I can imagine that rock bottoms serve some bigger purpose when it's part of my story and at the end of the book it will have been a stepping stone for something better. Like I said. Hazy Sunday ramblings. Now: back to studying.

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So here's a whole blog for me to let out my inner book nerd. How fabulous! Since I read almost solely in English, it feels a lot more natural to write in English as well, hope no one minds. There's not a lot to look at yet, but currently, there are four categories that will start filling up. They're really rather self-explanatory, but nonetheless, here goes:

Currently reading - updates as to what I'm reading right now, books I've just started etc.
Just read - books I've just finished, usually with some sort of opinion, description or in more ambitious cases, one might even find something resembling a review. Risk for rambling.
Books to love - general book recommendations. As I found the list grew much to long when I tried to make a single post with all my favourites, I thought I'd instead give them their own category, and I can share my best books with you as we go along, even if they're not what I'm currently reading or even read recently.
Everything books - basically everything else. This will most likely turn into my little corner of general opinions and quotes, if I'm not mistaken.

How very organized, do you not agree? Let's see how long this lasts...

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