Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Cultural Meaning of Space or "Paw in the Face"


















So, I was with L to the MC-squared in a town named Sault {above}.  We were in a Dairy Queen and a woman ordered and proceeded to sit in a seat right next to me, as we were eating.  There were plenty of seats around and it just seemed a bit odd that she sat so close.  I was half expecting the other shoe to drop with a grift or some other bizarro behaviour.  

This reminds me of Mimi, a cat from my childhood.  She didn't like it when people got too close to her face and when this happened, she put a paw in the offending face.  It became a thing..."paw in the face."  

This etiquette expert talks about personal space, which is culturally determined, affecting consumer and other social behaviours.  Here's a movie theatre example of what I'm talking about.  Here's some "ethnomethodology" on testing people's limits::



I had the misfortune of being stuck in a crowded TTC subways and streetcars over the holidays, which challenges my personal space zone, but it's nothing like subways in Japan where gloved conductors herd you in::


No audio, but this looks particularly hellish::




Paw in the face.

1 comment:

linnyqat said...

GAH! Another stalker!!!