before the Thursday feature…. the Wakefield Doctrine (a few short-thoughts as the house lights dim)

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)


Tomorrow’s post will be a Guest Post by a scottian guest post Writer! As is the way of Guest Post Thursday’s Guest Post, I have not a single clue as to what he will be presenting us (the point of hosting-a-guest-post-day-as-a-way-to-self-improve-myself, is that it requires me to do what I am not normally inclined to do:  relax let someone else take the spotlight and trust the Readership). If a slightly twisted stomach lining is an indicator of successful learning, I’m getting total ‘A’s!!

in any event, it will be fun.

while we wait for the houselights to go down… for the record, I haven’t been in a movie theatre since… when did ‘Risky Business’ come out? then… I took Phyllis to see Tom and Rebecca in the early days of our relationship (soundtrack cue: 10cc).

Speaking of movies and the Wakefield Doctrine.
I was watching a movie last night, ‘Battleship’  written and produced by the Hasbro Brothers ( in the wake of their wildly popular, ‘Potatoheads in the ‘hood’).  The movie is about the board game, which, in turn, is about strategies of war. So, naturally,  it was against the backdrop/context of the military… i.e. rogers. What brought this home to me was the scene where the protagonist, a hot-headed junior officer, ends up on a ship where the chain of command had just been wiped out by the aliens, the ship is pretty busted up and the bridge crew is standing around doing nothing at all when our hero asks where the Captain is and someone says, ‘you’re the ranking officer now, you’re the Captain‘.
(Just in case the point has not been made, the bo’sun says,  “What are you orders, sir? Tell me what to do! I don’t know what to do if I don’t have orders!“).   There is one more scene in which the XO comes to find the new Captain standing in his cabin looking all angsty and saying shit like, “I can’t do this! I’m not a Captain”  and the (scottian) Executive Officer says, “Those bars on your shoulder means you are the Captain! The men need you to be the Captain. The ship is lost is you don’t“)

…and I sat in my living room and laughed (…I am a clark) and thought, ‘the structure of the military is such a clear illustration of (the) essentiality of organization in the rogerian worldview! I really should write a Post!’    Though I am almost out of time, consider: not only is the military a manifestation of the rogerian worldview, but how clearly is the Herd dominant to the individual… the men (in the movie) were willing to die following orders because of the ‘referential authority’ of rank. Of course, this applies to business, religion, politics and cattle ranching. If you need to get a roger to do something, you had better damn well not forget to invoke a referential authority.

…speaking of clarks. I was driving around Saturday and got a call from a real estate agent about a property of mine. I suspected ‘clark‘ when she started to speak… there was a slight question-lilt to her voice when she said, ‘Hello?’  But it was her choice of words:  ” I noticed in the MLS that you are listed as the Showing Agent for…

lol  clarks!  ( New Readers: a roger would have chosen the words: ‘the MLS says that you are the Showing Agent’  and a scott wouldn’t’ have bothered with any of it,  ‘hey! I need to see…’)

Stop by tomorrow!


clarkscottroger About clarkscottroger
Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. zoebyrd says:

    Cant wait to see who you managed to weedle … I mean convince… into a guest post scot day… although the roger day… now that I wanna see who’s at bat… frist btw.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      I don’t think I will be successful in convincing ‘she-who-would-like-to-be-named-but-certainly-not-by-a-blue-monkey-like-that-clark-fellow-even-if-he-is-friends-with-some-cool-people to do this thing….


  2. zoebyrd says:
  3. lrconsiderer says:

    So….I need to up my own rank.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      rogers, they do loves they ranks and insignia and medals and nametags…. (nametags! tell me there is a clark in the world who relishes being required to wear a name tag!)


  4. christine says:

    You haven’t been in a movie theater?!?! Why not? I know you like movies. Is it because of the crowds? The cost? Don’t say it’s because you’re a clark.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      … (ok, I won’t)…

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      …and I am not, in fact, saying that this (not enjoying the theatre-movie-watching-experience is a clarklike worldview characteristic!

      …at least, not directly.

      • zoebyrd says:

        Finally I can give people a reason for why I hate the movies…

        • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

          we need to fan out and ask other clarks…
          I check with a clark here at the office… (hint: last movie seen in a movie theatre…Titanic lol)

          (remember: the framing of the question is everything. it’s not ‘can you go to the movies, it is not how much do you love going to the movies, it’s not even hey!! you wanna go to the movies… the best form is, excuse me, clark…what was the last movie you saw in a theatre?)

          • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

            I’m suspecting it’s more of a control thing, than a I hate crowds (well, duh!) or a I don’t enjoy Panavision… (gave myself away there, I bet!)

            • dyannedillon says:

              I’m thinking my husband might be a Clark….

              • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

                if you would care to share your thoughts, the reality of this Doctrine is that we all enjoy hearing about people and which (of the three they might be)….not to see who gets it right or not, but to think about the behavior of people in different situations and perspectives… this Doctrine really is ‘a fun and useful perspective on the behavior of the people in our lives’.

                • dyannedillon says:

                  I’m simply judging it on the movie experience. He loves movies but hates theaters because he can’t ignore that the chairs are broken, the floor is sticky, people talk, and it smells like feet.

                  • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

                    (this is what is the fun of ‘figuring out how the other person is experiencing the same thing’)… follow-up question, does he totally enjoy watching movies at home (I am assume lesser presence of sticky floors and smelly feet)?

  5. zoebyrd says:

    I think it was Polar Express with a nephew. …but before that it was a one time retro matinee of an Ethel Merman musical…. it is definitely a control issue for me….”when the hell is this gonna be over?”

  6. That’s great. I’m pulling out my scott and even roger now that all the students have returned. Life might be just a teensy calmer now…only because we have been insane in the office getting ready for school.
    That retreat last week ended up being a blast! It was awesome. And I didn’t drink too much wine…and I felt absolutely fine the next day after the bonfire and had no problems with hurling in the bushes…no nothing like that. HAHA

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:


      “I’m pulling out my scott and even roger now that all the students have returned.”
      …sometimes they need herding and sometimes you just have to run down a single one… there is a place (and a use) for all three worldviews! lol

  7. dyannedillon says:

    You found a guy to guest post?