Herein u will find part of Marjorie Kanter’s OneHundredDays Project in conjunction with the London Word Festival. December 2009-March 2010. Investigation/Experimentation/Creation/ Reflection/Documentation/Dialogue/ Participation Originally posted on Twitter/Facebook/Blogger
The one hundred+ Tweets with slight modifications to accomodate for the change in format -- from Twitter (144 character limit) to Power Point. Many of the spelling and punctuation plays that were used to meet the length limitation required by Twitter have been kept and a few new ones added for aesthetic and content purposes.
Can u b im/polite only in ur thoughts (without putting it into action) &still b im/polite? 8
Is it/can it b im/polite 2 ask how to bpolite? 9
Check out curious politeness reversal in Luis Buñuel´s film “The Phantom of Liberty”, 1974. Private is public and public is private. Go to: http://im-polite100days.blogspot.com for the Youtube clip. Look in the section Film &impoliteness in the 2009 entries. 10
How can u be polite if u don’t know how to b polite? 11
How do u learn the rules or conventions of being polite when u don’t know them? 12
Leaving my yoga class early: Do I say good-bye or do I elect not 2 interrupt & just walk out? Which is more im/polite? If u have a definite answer u might b right 4 sum contexts &wrong 4 others. Sumtimes u r caught in a paradox &then trying 2 b polite u r impolite. 50
What do u think? Politeness conventions require fair intentions. 51
Things ucan do with impolite behaviors: Interrupt Insult Reject Ignore Changetopics Hogthetalktime Hangup Avoid -What else? 52
Sum things u can do withpolite behaviors: Thank WelcomeTaketurns Changetopic Apologize Request ExitEnter Aconversation-Whatelse? 53
Extreme impoliteness: He jumped down my throat. 54
Tools for expressing im/politeness: Eyes Hands NoseMouthWordSoundsToneBody Clothing Telephon TimeSpace PlaceFist What else? 55
Use of tools: MovementPosition DistanceStanceTouch Gettingcloser Gettingfurtheraway Staring Arrivaltime Expectedtime Hangup What else? 56
I learned 2 b polite bcuz itwas the polite thing 2 do. 57
Check out, enjoy &comment: Dr Seuss, The Zax, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfI9e4BX0lU See more Dr. Seuss on Youtube: The Grinch Grinches The Cat in the Hat + The Snitches. U can connect from the impolite blog http://im-polite100days.blogspot.com Go to the section on images, videos etc. (It appears that the videos have been removed from Youtube. Films can be purchased. They are wonderful. You may find some Dr. Seuss on Youtube or segments.) 59
Whogets last seat? FastestOldestFem in very hiheelsXhaustdyoungworkrWoman+babyPerson with bigheavyboxSmallchild DrunkHandicapd 60
There is more than one way to represent the world. The way in which it is represented can be interesting, fun, important, confusing... 61
Words 2 rhymepolite: FightFrightKnightMightInviteRightSpiteFlightBlightDelightNightInciteAlrightSlightUptightTonightInsight&then orange has nothin 2 do with it, but it’s a curious word without a rhyme in English. Invent one and attach meaning to it, ie. porange. 62
Can machines b polite? http:impolite100days.blogspot.com/ Blog entry made on January 31, 2010. 63
Polite fiction: social scenario+all r aware of a truth but pretend 2 blieve other version of events to avoid emabarrass(ment) or conflict. 64
Reversiblity//If I did that 2 her/she wouldn’t like it/(so) why does she do/it 2 me? Portraits in Words, M. Kanter 65
Watch your p’s and q’s. It all depends on the culture. Did you know that thumbs up can be very insulting in some cultures? 66
Wewere in2ndgrade: Teacher toldus 2butonup r lips,zip themup.I did agood sewing job, but Tommydidn’t & hegot his ear pulled good. Memory Pieces, M. Kanter 67
Linguist visitinSpain asksSpaniard Whendine?Spanishtime or realtime? Spaniard says Realtime. Visitor showsup at6, Spaniard at10. Border Crossings, M. Kanter 68
Which culture/value/behavior takes precedence when several r in conflict or contradiction?Which can cohabit in their diferences? 69
Could it b that a person uthink is impolite or rude thinks the same about u? 70
Crossingcultures: It can all b so confusing. 71
Sometimes Idon’t know how 2 behave &I wish Idid. 72
She knew//Whydidn’t she tellme? www.elasunto.com/mkd.htm Reading between the lines, M. Kanter 73
What’s the difference btween anim/polite person & an im/polite act? 74
It’s veryhard 2com bat polite impolitenesses. 75
What happens when 2 verypolitepeople who come from different cultures with different conventions try to be(have) polite(ly)? 76
How many times do you say good-bye before it’s really good-bye? (Before you really leave -- before the other really leaves) 77
Dubl standard: What things can a member of a culture (an insider) do that a non-member (an outsider) can’t &viceversa? 78
Duble implite:Who ismore impolite - (u) walkinbtween 2 people who r talkin&blocking the aisle allowing no one 2 get by,u or they? Example: Criticize something in the culture, what else? 79
For the 100 Im/polite Days project, I generated 100 tweets for 100 days to provoke thinking (my own and others) on the topic of communication &incommunication in general & politeness &impoliteness in particular; both within a culture &crossing cultures. The project came about because of Josie Long’s call for 100dayprojects (to improve yourself) in conjunction with the London Word Festival. This presentation contains the 100 tweets (+) that I posted on Twitter and Facebook from December 2, 2009 until March 10, 2010. Tweets(+) refers to a few cases where a days Tweet was posted in 2 parts.
As part of the project I used my original Twitter page @MarjorieKanter , opened a special Im/polite Facebook page and a special Im/polite blog. Each format allowed different kinds of things. I liked very much working with the 144 Tweet character limit &how the Facebook page allowed for dialogue &also kept everything on the theme in one place without intermixing of other topics and entries. I used the blog format in a non-traditional way, more as a file cabinet for storing resources I found &materials I wrote. I will most probably continue to add to the blog beyond the one hundred days and would like to receive suggestions of material to add, be it theoretical, applied or creative. The blog is organized by topics not by dates.
For the purposes of this presentation, I’ve added a few comments, adapted the text a bit, changed the type size and modified spellings&markings (becuz each medium&moment in time/space calls for specific things).
Marjorie Kanter Author of “I displace the air as I walk”, “The Saddle Stitch Notebooks”, “The Bagged Stories” and other short writings and projects including In-Communication, a word installation for Supraficciones (LaCaixa/Lleida, 2007)&Historias para la espera (La Noche en Blanco, Madrid, 2008.) Ms. Kanter focuses in both her creative writing, her research and her installations on communication &incommunication. Her creative writings come out of her life experiences usually first documented in her journals largely written since she has lived outside the USA (past 27 years) though they also sometimes include memory events that resurface (in my mind) out of the past.
Ms. Kanter’s activities include: -Word interventions &installations in public spaces. Text plus context equals interactivity to spark learning, reflection, dialogue, the sharing and viewing of multiple points of view etc. -A story telling walking tour of Madrid´s Barrio de las Letras. This one and a half hour tour makes stops in the Barrio de las Letras (Madrid) where Marjorie Kanter reads some of her texts in front of the settings where they first occurred -Workshops that mesh creativity, writing, journal keeping and interculturality. -Readings from published and works in progress.
On-line Specific to this project: Blog: http://im-polite100days.blogspot.com/ Twitter: @MarjorieKanter Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/100-Impolite-tweets General: www.elasunto.com/mkd.htm http://www.facebook.com/marjorie.kanter firstname.lastname@example.org
Logo, general design consultation, project input & technical assistance by Jose Luis Delgado Guitart. www.elasunto.com [email_address]