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!