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All the world is not a stage: Goffman and Difranco in “Defining Shameless”

topic posted Thu, December 15, 2005 - 9:19 AM by  Cloé Marité
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(Erving Goffman, Frame Analysis, 1974; Ani Difranco, Dilate, 1996- Compiled by Cloe Bayeur Holland, 2005)

“Presumably, a "definition of the situation" is almost always to be found, but those who are in the situation ordinarily to not create this definition, even though their society often can be said to do so;…'''”

i cannot name this
i cannot explain this
and i really don't want to
just call me shameless
i can't even slow this down
let alone stop this
and i keep looking around
but i cannot top this

“ordinarily, all they do is to assess correctly what the situation ought to be for them and then act accordingly.”

if i had any sense
i guess i'd fear this
i guess i'd keep it down
so no one would hear this
i guess i'd shut my mouth
and rethink a minute
but i can't shut it now
'cuz there's something in it

“True, we personally negotiate aspects of all the arrangements under which we live,…'''”

we're in a room without a door
and i am sure without a doubt
they're gonna wanna know
how we got in here
and they're gonna wanna know
how we plan to get out
[“...but often once these are negotiated, we continue on mechanically as though the matter had always been settled.”]
we better have a good explanation
for all the fun that we had
'cuz they are coming for us, baby
they are going to be mad
they are going to be mad at us

“So, too, there are occasions when we must wait until things are almost over before discovering what has been occurring...”

this is my skeleton
this is the skin it's in
that is, according to light
and gravity
i'll take off my disguise
the mask you met me in
'cuz i got something
for you to see
just gimme your skeleton
give me the skin it's in
yeah baby, this is you
according to me
i never avert my eyes
i never compromise
so nevermind
the poetry

we're in a room without a door...

“...and occasions of our own activity when we can considerably put off deciding what to claim we have been doing.”

i gotta cover my butt 'cuz i covet
another man's wife
i got to divide my emotions
between wrong and right
then i get to see how close i can get to it
without giving in
then i get to rub up against it
till i break the skin
rub up against it
till i break the skin

“Defining situations as real certainly has consequences,…'''”

they're gonna be mad at us
they're gonna be mad at me and you
yeah, they're gonna be mad at us
and all the things we wanna do
they're gonna be mad at us
they're gonna be mad at me and you
they're gonna be mad at us
and all the things we like do

“...but these may contribute very marginally to the events in progress;…'''”

just please don't name this
please don't explain this
[“...in some cases only a slight embarrassment flits across the scene in mild concern for those who tried to define the situation wrongly.”]
just blame it all on me
say i was shameless
say i couldn't slow it down
let alone stop it
and say you just hung around
'cuz you couldn't top it

“But surely these are not the only principles of organization. Social life is dubious enough and ludicrous enough without having to wish it further into unreality.”
posted by:
Cloé Marité
Canada
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