Saturday, June 2, 2012

Jazz Hands

Occupy protestors use hand gestures to express their opinions.
Wriggling fingers upward shows approval.
Wriggling fingers downward shows disapproval.

The demonstrator’s gesticulations serve an essential function.
It allows speakers to state their ideas free of interruption—
The interruption of positive applause or dismissive booing.

Hand–waving is much more civilized than shouting.
Hand-waving emphasizes listening.
Hand-waving invites open communication.

Occupy’s creative methods of communication function.
Our current political discourse is stuck in the Dark Ages.
“Jazz hands” may be a viable alternative to all the noise.


The wriggling of the fingers up or down has another benefit—it gives immediate feedback to the speaker.  It reminds me of the “people meters’ used in by market researchers—turn the dial to express you approval or disapporval in real time.


© 2012 Catherine Giordano

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