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Sam Richards


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How does the presenter impact the reaction to a talk? So how might people's reactions to my talk be different if I was retired military?

I'll be live between 1:00 - 3:00 pm EST. After that I'll jump on each do to react to some of the posts and threads.

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    Apr 29 2011: I think people take statistics when observing others, looking for validation and exceptions to prior experience and noting consistencies and inconsistences across the range of appearances expressed, visually, gesturally, in tone, language, and verisimilitude of perceived roleplaying. I think listening and viewing are contextualizing acts. and the viewer contextualizes the presenter (as author, narrator and/or character or actor) in relation to themselves, in relation to the speaker's perceived community, and in relation to social structures like values and cultures. These statistics are how we detect saboteurs and party faithful, leaders to follow and those to fell. The presenter can influence reaction by changing how they are perceived, although this effect can be dulled or compromised once a feigned roleplaying is detected or suspected. The film Borat comes to mind, as does Stephen Colbert. What I wonder about is what makes people take their empathy responses seriously, and what allows people to shorten its half life to render empathy into little more than a token or experimental gesture.

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