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Not the norm

Alright Jabber Loggers I need your help! I need some suggestions and I know I can count on you to hook me up with some awesome ideas. So let’s look at this picture. Do you know who this is? If not, this is Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction. Not only is this guy badass but he likes to yell some choice profanities and he does it well. Combine his words with this look and you have an epic response to someone. With this said, imagine that you are in a public setting and you happen to see someone with this look yelling at another person. The public place is a restaurant and a customer is yelling and swearing at a waitress. This would be out of the norm correct? I mean, it’s not something you see every day and if you’re like me you were brought up to respect people so it would not be normal to yell and swear at anyone, let alone someone who is waiting on you. What would people think? How would they react?

This right here is the basis of what I’m looking for from you. What I need are your opinions on what is out of the norm. I am currently taking a class called Psychology of Human Interaction and this is my first assignment. The following are the guidelines to project and the rules.

Create a list of 6 simple norms, pick at least 3 of the norms to go out and violate in a public setting.
Here are a few ground rules:
1. Violate your three norms in a public setting, in the clear presence of others.
2. Your audience should be made up of strangers, not friends and relatives.
3. Don’t do anything illegal, dangerous, unethical or anything that might get you in serious trouble. (I will
not bail you out of jail.)
4. Avoid doing crazy behavior like rolling around on the restaurant floor. Instead violate a social rule like
asking a stranger in line if you can cut to the front of the line.
5. Unless you really get into trouble, try to avoid rationalizing the violation after doing it.

As you can see from my list what I am doing here on Jabber Log is not cheating, I simply want to know what you think would be out of the norm. I already have my list but maybe I will use something that you have suggested. I will then do three of these in public and document the reactions that I get. If I’m feeling froggy I might even find a way to record it for a later post. Here are a few examples my professor provided the class;

Singing loud in public
Cheer people on
Ask someone if you can cut in line.
Ask to borrow someone’s brush

This is only option A for this assignment and for option B we have to sit in a public place and observe about 10 social norms that have been violated and write about it. I don’t know that I want to do this one because I don’t like to miss an opportunity to play the fool. I’m sure it will be pretty funny and awkward but the point is to get a reaction so help me out people. Let me know what you think with a comment. Thank you for your help and I will be watching the comments so that I can respond back to your ideas. Cheers!

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Posted by on June 29, 2011.

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Ricardo Martinez II is a creative individual who is using his skills in writing, design, and podcasting to tell the stories of those he works with. For 13 years he has answered the call of a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Throughout his years in dispatch he was able to go to school where he received an Associate’s in web development through Baker College, a Bachelor’s in graphic design through Full Sail University as well as a Master’s in new media journalism in March of 2013. Before starting his Master’s program he launched Jabber Log, a blog about current events and his life stories. His personal blog posts became a hit with his audience and one such post even appeared on WordPress.com’s “Freshly Pressed” section on their main page. From there his blog opened doors that included promotions for businesses, artists and musicians. Once he started his Master’s program he began doing multimedia stories that can be found on his YouTube channel. Through this program he discovered podcasting. It spawned a series that tells the stories of those in the field of emergency services. He then created a podcast version of a segment on his blog called Within the Trenches, a section of writing based on his experience as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. He launched Kickstarter campaign to raise $1,500 for the equipment needed for a show that would feature the stories of 9-1-1 dispatchers. The campaign was funded and can now be found at www.thejabberlog.com. His goal is to tell the story of everyone he meets. “I believe that everyone has a story to tell. I want to do everything I can to bring that story to life.” – Ricardo Follow these links for Ricardo Martinez II and Jabber Log! Twitter | Facebook | Google+ |  Linkedin Email me by using the form below! Relatedmore →
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