Interaction as Conventional Structure

by Kieran Healy on April 9, 2006

From Erving Goffman to Jim Henley and his commenters.



yabonn 04.10.06 at 4:36 am

First saw the meta thread at Pandagon i think.

I mean :

-“Uninteresting historical detail”.


nameless 04.10.06 at 5:09 am

Myles na gCopaleen would have enjoyed this. To quote Sam Goldwyn “Let’s have some new cliches!”


Dan K 04.10.06 at 2:32 pm

You know, conversational analysts would tie themselves in knots analyzing this. I love that it seems to be over after 9 or so turns (Goodwins Law) but then reboots and just go on and on. Apparently, this is sort of consistent with most conversations. Typically, the first attempt to end a longish conversation surface roughly a third into the conversation. Most conversations need three attempts til it’s properly killed off.


Aaron M 04.10.06 at 6:59 pm

I seem to recall a Doonesbury cartoon from the early 80s in which the university president gives a commencement address in this form.


ben wolfson 04.11.06 at 1:21 am

Posts like that are a subject on which I am liable to wax Farberesque.

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