March 3rd, 2006


What do I mean by "maintain face"?

When I talked about "maintaining face" last Friday, I meant it in a social/linguistics sense rather than anything having to do with "honor" or other such nebulous concepts.

I went looking for the term to make sure that I knew what I was talking about. In Pragmatics (a branch of linguistics), face is "the public self-image of a person. It refers to that emotional and social sense of self that everyone has and expects everyone else to recognize". I'm pulling this from Pragmatics by George Yule. He also talks about face wants being that someone's public face wants won't be unduly threatened. One can also talk about a face-threatening act or a face-saving act.

There's much more in this book that I want to talk about but my deploys are done, so I'm leaving work.

Doing something for someone "even if they tell you not to!"

Being that I work in the Healthcare industry, it's unsurprising that we regularly have various "healthy tips" posted in a variety of places. Usually these are at least somewhat interesting. This latest one though is rather disturbing at the end. It talks about the four warning signs of a heart attack. Collapse ) It then says that you should call 911 if you experience the warning signs listed. The disturbing part is Call for a friend who is experiencing these warning signs even if they tell you not to!

I can understand and agree with stopping someone from drunk driving since they are likely to cause significant harm to others. But the idea of doing something "for" someone even when they tell you not to seems rather transparently wrong to me. Advising someone or even telling them they are a stupid fool for not calling would work but explicitly doing something I've been told not to is just right out.

I can see that with some points of view, some people wouldn't see this as wrong and possibly even necessary.