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Constructive Debate

At work, there's a semi-open office/reception area that's being turned into a shared-work space for people who work from home some days but need a place to sit for the days they do come to the office.  The construction started last Friday and will continue all month.   They've hung a big sheet of plastic between the area and the hallway so the rest of us won't be incomvenienced by dust and debris. 

This morning when I passed by, the guys behind the plastic were discussing Islam and Christianity and religion in general... "I don't want a higher power telling me what to do." 

This afternoon when I walked by, they were talking about recipes and restaurants... "Then on the salmon, he puts this..."

In almost any play or movie or TV show or book, they'd be talking about beer & sports & hot chicks instead,  unless the writer was making a specific point and beating the audience over the head with it.   Why?
  
 

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rickthefightguy
Dec. 15th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you heard the story about our contractor/crew boss. We were talking to him about how fast the demolition went, and he said something like: "I love demo. Favorite part of the job - just me and my hammer, and we can solve anything. Me and Mjolnir."

I didn't ask, but should have: do all demo guys know the name of Thor's hammer? Is it just him, or is that common demo-guy knowledge... I mean, sure, Thor is obviously the patron deity of the profession, but still...
cimeara
Dec. 16th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Not deity, not even sure if patron "saint", but surely Sampson would count, too? :-)
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cimeara
Dec. 16th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
All too true. :-P
ebourland
Dec. 15th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Maybe they were enlighted construction workers. Who knows what they are building back there.
cimeara
Dec. 16th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
Oooh! And we'll have to wait till January to find out!
rickthefightguy
Dec. 15th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Sorry, to actually answer your question,
perhaps because writers carefully craft their message. You will note that _you_ (educated and cosmo as you are) thought it was strange enough to write about. Writers don't want you thinking 'gosh that background conversation was weird.' If the audience does, they will immediately assume there is a point that they are supposed to figure out, and concentrate on that. Background characters should stay in the background.
cimeara
Dec. 16th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Yes, that's it! I thought it interesting as part of the day, and then thought, exactly why should it seem out of place? After all, I certainly know enough overeducated people in underutilized positions, or people who just choose to do a job they enjoy but where they don't fit the stereotype. But sometimes in storytelling, yes, you need to go with the stereotype, and it's the reality that jars, that would make it less "real".
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