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I was perusing a several-day backlog of RSS feeds, and came across this ambiguous headline:
How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less

Call me narcissistic, or just daft, but in my rush to get through hundereds of headlines, I didn't read it the way you probably did. I didn't think it was going to be about ways to cause people to view me more favorably. I thought it might have something to do with cloning, or perhaps a very rushed and unsatisfying style of reproducing in the traditional way, but in any case, I was intrigued by the idea of populating the world with more people just like me.

In another similar bout of cognitive disconnect from the huddled masses, I recently defaulted to a wildly improbable interpretation of the headline: "Moore, Hayek to host Nobel Concert." First of all, Friedrich Hayek is long dead, and while he could arguably have been an appropriate choice to host a Nobel Peace Concert, I would imagine that even if he were alive today, he'd be spinning in his grave at the thought of sharing a stage with Michael Moore.

It wasn't until I opened the link that it dawned on me that it was that Hayek, and that Moore, and lost all interest.

I've come to realize over the years that I see the world entirely differently than most people out there. I've also come to realize that if most people think that their kind of Hayeks and Moores are important enough to warrant headlines - on any account - and that if they find others' liking them to be so important and so mysterious a process that they require and will pay for a book about how to do it, then I prefer it that way.


Guess I've known you long enough that I, too, thought of the same Hayek & Moore you did on first glance. It doesn't surprise me that you hoped for a world of Kyle-clones. (Ah, if only: all the smarts & insights! But, let's first remove the genes that make you <I>always</I> right - you're enough rightness (?) for this planet!)

Posted by sally at Wednesday, December 14, 2005 12:22 PM

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