Welcome to the July 25, 2014 Post Game Show for Mojo Friday!
Many superstitions abound around the power of a name, of knowing the true name of a person or an object. But, at their heart, there is an element of reality to that power.
The names we use, especially for people, reflect what we think of them. When you hear someone say "that President" or "that Pastor" or "that manager" instead of "President Obama" or "Pastor Bob" or "Bill Schwartz" you know that they either have a troubled relationship with that person, or don't respect them in that role (or both), and they demonstrate it by avoiding their name.
To use their name is to make them a person. Someone who deserves personal respect, even love, as fellow human beings. To not use their name is to objectify them, to pigeon hole them, and avoid the need to recognize they, like us, are human beings.
It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine.
It's not just, by the way, in the names we use and speak, but in the thoughts we have. I believe if we think it, we're likely to say it. If you speak it to some and not others, you'll speak it when you don't intent.
Adam Alter published an article on this in The New Yorker, just over a year ago, titled The Power of Names. He makes the point that
"These studies suggest a sort of linguistic Heisenberg principle: as soon as you label a concept, you change how people perceive it."So true that is!
But enough pontificating, and on with the fun!
Today's Mojo Friday diary is Mojo Friday - What's In A Name? II - Edition
The Mojo Friday Postgame is a statistical analysis of the Mojo Friday diary that is posted every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. For further info please check out Jez's 'Official' "Mojo Friday Snecktionary" MKinTN posted a diary to help everyone achieve greater success called How to Succeed at Mojo Friday Without Really Trying.
Participation-est: bjedward, Senor Unoball
Snecksiest (1): chimene, Pilotshar
Thanks to our most excellent host, TexDem!
Stats will be updated Sunday afternoon. Final stats will be published a week later.
First round stats, as of 4:12PM Eastern, are:
6.3 average comments per participant
3355 total mojo exchanged
55.3% average participation rate
100 : Pilotshark
200 : chimene
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