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November 10, 2006


Thoughtful comments.
Good questions.

It is interesting to see the weight of meaning placed on the reciever. Not just in the context of their own interpretations, but also the context of how they choose to respond to input. Is it something that passively reinforces some expectation? Or is input a chance to ask questions, new or old?

I know this isn't the subject of the post, but in the interest of citing an actual example of one's perceptions I present my reaction to the second photo.

(If you're reading this and are interested in comparing your experience to mine, don't read the rest of this comment until you've looked at the photo and recall what your initial and final reactions are....)

For what it's worth, I'm a person raised in the USA, and my immediate response was that this lady is smiling because of the photographer. The emotions are - a friendly acknowledgement of his presence, her amusement with what the phtographer sees as interesting enought to photograph, and her slightly self-concious, slightly-blushing, coquettishness (modesty and coyness that is quite candid).

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Books by Namit Arora

  • “Namit Arora does for Silicon Valley what Tom Wolfe did for Wall Street in The Bonfire of the Vanities: with keen eye and sharp wit, he captures the culture and mores of the place. But Arora is funnier. And sweeter.” —S. Abbas Raza, Editor, 3QD.

  • The Lottery of Birth reveals Namit Arora to be one of our finest critics. In a raucous public sphere marked by blame and recrimination, these essays announce a bracing sensibility, as compassionate as it is curious, intelligent and nuanced.” —Pankaj Mishra

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