The Semiotics of Dry Crying

One of the hardest tasks for an actor to complete every night on stage is realistic crying with tears and snotting and red eyes and pomegranate nose. The mark of the young and ineffectual actor — 99% of them — is trying to cry by faking. I call those fakers “Dry Criers” and they’re easy to mark both on stage and in real life.

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The Universal Guide for Textual Laughing

Laughter is a great salve against the pain within and threats from the outside in — but laughter can be hard to effectively communicate in a text form — so, to assist you in the release of antigens against the toxins, I have created: The Universal Guide for Textual Laughing

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Thinking in Semesters and Not Seasons

Am I the only one who still regulates the schedule of living in school semesters?
My life is still strangely and curiously divided into three distinct parts: Fall Semester, Spring Semester and Summer Sessions. Why, it’s as if I never left Columbia University in the City of New York’s Morningside Heights Campus!

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URB is the Word!

The word is: URB!
In yesterday’s post, Goffman-esque Response Cries: Is Sha! the New Duh?, we discussed how words are invented by a culture and how their expressive utterances provide meaning in various contexts. A new word — URB — was invented yesterday to help describe our Urban Semiotic phenomenon of minds:

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Goffman-esque Response Cries: Is Sha! the New Duh?

Is “Sha!” the New “Duh?” I ask because slang erupts from the mouths of the young and lately I have been seeing and hearing this expression — Sha! — appearing in some blogs as well as being heard on the street. Sha! — is not a word, I only learned how to spell it by watching it appear on blogs — and it appears to be an emotional utterance, or more formally: “A Response Cry” as studied by the great sociologist Erving Goffman:

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Virtual Relationshaping

We have been discussing the idea of living online in Virtual Plantations and we have explored how opportunities can arise from interactions on blogs.

Now I would like to expressly focus on the human interaction that forms our virtual lives. I call this idea: Virtual RelationShaping.

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