"Must see"; "You must see this"; "You absolutely must."
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Today it’s a triple header. Three articles.
ARTICLE ONE: “Must See”
Here’s the thing. If somebody tells me I must see this, I automatically won’t look at it.
That tendency of mine was firmly in place long before YouTube or the Internet or the so-called video revolution.
It even applied to the wider sense of “see.”
“You must see that your behavior is counter-productive and disruptive.”
“No, I don’t see that at all. I see you trying to make me see something. So I stop listening to you. And by the way, is there anything YOU must see about your own behavior that would cast you in a negative light? No? I didn’t think so. You believe you’re perfect. That’s another tip-off that lets me know I shouldn’t pay any attention to you. Get lost.”
This tendency of mine, or character flaw, or whatever it is, is probably something I was born with---whatever that means.
I remember physically fighting with a doctor in his office when I was four. He was trying to put me on a table so he could X-ray my head after I fell down in the street outside our apartment building. As I recall, he didn’t win. But my memory is vague on that point.
These days, it seems we must watch videos every day---people tell us that in their emails and texts. If we don’t watch, we’re missing information so vital we’re completely in the dark and disabled.
“You idiot. You didn’t watch those 16 videos I told you you had to see? Do you WANT TO BE clueless?”
What did we do and how did we survive before there were thousands of videos we had to watch?