25 February 2009

Cheerful Attitude

Just reading Going Postal by Mark Ames.

One thing of note can be found on page 23,

"A "cheerful attitude" and laughing are tactics employed by all Americans,at an unconscious, even genetic level. Though many Americans know that one's own smile is an attempt to put the other party at ease rather than a reflection of one's own inner happiness, publicly, this is rarely admitted. Thus few of us know how many Americans also force this desperate smile - we all think we're the only ones faking it. These smiles are more like mammal calls used to identify the individual with the herd, to keep from being expelled."

Interesting enough but then I heard the following interview on the radio.

"0742
The UK recession is now affecting most sectors of the economy and all regions of the country. Over the next 12 months, the Today programme will be following four people who have been made redundant. Reporter Sanchia Berg meets Alan South, who worked in the City of London for 30 years before he lost his job.
"

The "cheerful attitude" described by Ames can be clearly heard in the article.

But it gets worse; as soon as you start noticing it, it crops up again and again. Here's another example from the following day,

"0716
The UK recession is now affecting most sectors of the economy and all regions of the country. Over the next 12 months, the Today programme will be following four people who have been made redundant. Reporter Sanchia Berg visits a jobs fair in Sunderland to meet Shaun Fenwick.
"

I also wonder how much I behave in this manner.

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