19.265 personified software

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2005 08:23:35 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 265.
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   [1] From: "Ken Cousins" <kcousins_at_gvpt.umd.edu> (22)
         Subject: Re: 19.259 personified software

   [2] From: "Franklin, Rosemary (franklra)" (7)
         Subject: RE: 19.255 personified software?

         Date: Thu, 08 Sep 2005 08:00:49 +0100
         From: "Ken Cousins" <kcousins_at_gvpt.umd.edu>
         Subject: Re: 19.259 personified software

Willard, my apologies if I'm off base here, but isn't this what we used
to call "anthropomorphism"?

To be honest, I had to look up "personification," and was somewhat
surprised - initially, I thought it might refer to personalization
(e.g., attaching rhinestones to cell phones). Is there a subtle
difference I'm not catching? It seems to be pretty much the same
instinct that drives my mother to call her dog "baby."



Ken Cousins
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         Date: Thu, 08 Sep 2005 08:01:30 +0100
         From: "Franklin, Rosemary (franklra)" <FRANKLRA_at_UCMAIL.UC.EDU>
         Subject: RE: 19.255 personified software?

Dear Willard,

"............. and give you
material with which to appear incredibly cool to your students.
("Man, this guy knows what's HAPPENING!") Yes, I know, or think --
saying "Man..." isn't cool -- or is it?)"

That should read HAPPENIN'.......for full cool effect.

Best regards, Rosemary Franklin
Received on Thu Sep 08 2005 - 03:39:36 EDT

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