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Attention Seeking


One can start this pièce by saying that SJWs are attention seekers, which is made abundantly clear by their use of language and can even be extrapolated to include liberals. However, for purposes of this discussion, we will assume that “attention seeking” is a single and independent cultural dimension.

Cultural dimensions are discussed at length by Geert Hofstede in his book Culture’s Consequences. In the 2001 edition he identified five dimensions applicable to all cultures (or at least those identified in fifty countries). It will be assumed that “Attention Seeking” is a sixth dimension, meaning that some cultures consistently seek more attention than others regardless of their circumstances.

Attention seeking is by its nature used in all communications cycles, where it is always the first step. For example, one party in the prospective communication cycle would need to grab the attention of a second party, as would be required for the intended communication to even occur. For example, if you want to talk to your neighbor, you seek attention by pressing his door bell.

Going to all the trouble of identifying a dimension also requires of the investigator to identify extreme forms of attention seeking. One example is a technique historically used by the Zulu King “Dingaan” as well as an unknown English Feudal Lord whom both invited “mercenaries” (i.e. not current enemies) for a tea (party) with the express purpose of killing them afterwards.

The commonality between the English and the Zulu was that both cultures applied attention seeking, but on a wider cultural scale the Zulu would be inherently more prone to attention seeking (of all kinds) than the English. But in the same vein, it can be observed that Germans may on average be even less prone to attention seeking than the English. This may be co-incidental with their measured “Power-distance” dimension i.e. the closer you stand to someone; the more likely you may be an attention seeker.

Another factor influencing attention seeking is genetics and specifically the jaw structure. This apparently influences whether you express yourself from the back of mouth towards the front of the mouth. Some people point to the development of languages where Germans historically sounded guttural, progressing to the French, speaking in the middle of the mouth, followed by the English speaking in front of the mouth. One deduction can be that it is easier to project your voice if you speak in the front of your mouth. In that sense, the Zulu (as well as other African tribes) are known for their ability to project voices very far since they also speak in the front of the mouth.

Attention seeking could be the result of genetics as well as of their sense of survival i.e. culture. The curious case where English and Zulu attention seeking is comparable can be used to highlight extremes of the dimension as well… The alternative dimension referenced herein is Power –Distance from which the following is quoted from Hofstede:

  • Wealth should be negatively correlated with Power-Distance because wealth goes together with the growth of middle strata in society, which can form a bridge between the powerful and the powerless. (Adelman and Morris 1967, pp. 155, 255).

  • The authoritarian states do either very well or very poorly.

It is obvious that England is wealthier than the Zulu because they have a “middle strata” otherwise known as the middle class. As far as attention seeking goes, the English has another factor as to why they would seek attention.

But to first elucidate the Zulu tribe’s “normal” attention seeking mode, where examples of clownish behavior to exact laughter for recognition purposes are plentiful such as comments from tourists saying things like “but they are funny, let’s give them a tip” or “but they are laughing despite not having shoes” etc. These are the wrong responses but nevertheless true.

The English are known to seek attention by projecting superiority as well as being a jester. Their superiority comes from their own King that “gave them the privilege” to communicate on behalf of “His Highness” (all of the King’s men and all of the King’s horses). In other words, their attention seeking is not just based on “impersonation” it is also based on achievement such as clothing, ships, armor, books etc. Effectively English attention seeking is based on the fact that their King told them it is allowed to brag about the middle class, whereas the Zulu subjects can only brag about their individual impersonations while never allowed to speak on behalf of the King.

Although the English and Zulu have similar origins of attention seeking, they also represent dimensional opposites to attention seeking.

Moving on to those who actually do not seek attention (not English or Zulu), then considering a standard organization is beneficial, where the attention seekers would generally be the marketing personnel while the non-attention seekers are quite happy to work in workshops and laboratories. Then it is possible to say that (within a culture) an entire organization can be attention seeking (such as a political party) while another entire organization is not (such as Military Engineers).

The closest to occupational Power-distance data was the following comparison:

  • Unskilled workers have a much higher power-distance than professional managers.

  • In engineering, the customer service engineers have significantly lower power-distance than technical (computer) engineers.

It is perhaps fair to deduce (on the one hand) that you can’t be a manager if you are too authoritative while on the other hand, if you are authoritative, then you had better master the art of attention seeking.

Lastly, the phenomenon of SJW’s seeking digital attention from their Mother’s basements could be their alternative to real communication. This basement approach may be attention seeking in a world that they do not understand, because real communication actually requires some outcome (eventually). Their inability to communicate constructively is caused by their inability to communicate (in their own language). The example of English versus Zulu is again instructive: English language is formalized whereas Zulu language is not – because Zulu’s do not have schools and universities (middle-class).

By dumbing down clothing in fashion (as an example), but also language in universities, industry and academia have succeeded in exacerbating the attention seeking in the SJW emergence to envelope normal people previous known liberals and even cuckolding conservatives.

Liberals do not appear to make succinct arguments anymore because they seem to have a fixed vocabulary while conservatives valiantly strive to maintain a formal language with implicit meaning. This further enable the liberal mobs because any kind of formalism becomes a target, however, being clever conservatives have begun to think outside the box, seeking attention through trolling liberals. In the new dimension of “Attention Seeking”, this may well become known as “the persuasion” factor. Some people are simply better at it than others. But the road ahead is still far and steep.

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