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  1. Joseph
    May 20, 2012 @ 3:53 am

    Hi Diana –
    I like how you describe the elevator as a “shared experience.” This is definitely something we don’t necessarily thing of when it comes to something as common as an elevator. However, the different actions taken during an elevator ride are very shared. However, an elevator can also be a very socially distant experience. Assume strangers in an elevator – everyone looks away from one another head on, at the ceiling, their shoes, etc. Everyone is usually quiet, not making chit chat, since you’ll never see the person after about 60 seconds. Thus, it would appear as if an elevator ride can be both a shared and distant experience. I’m curious as how we may explain this dichotomy such that the two work together? I’d love to hear your ideas!!! Thanks for blogging!

  2. Diana
    May 24, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

    I think it depends on the situation. I was at a conference when I wrote this. In that instance, the shared elevator experience would have been more communal than what you are referring to in that we were all there for the same conference and a lot of us knew each other or got to know each other while we were there. That said, even in an elevator with strangers I’ve had some very interesting conversations! I think what you put into the experience makes a difference on what you get out of it.

  3. Joseph
    May 28, 2012 @ 2:12 am

    I suppose the conference would create more of a solidarity. In fact it would be interesting to think about in terms of mechanical and organic situations. A conference is more mechanical, so elevator participants would have more of a shared experience.

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