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Positive Mimesis: Imitating the Dude Who Laughs

You can see that positive mimetic process in the video. Once one person laughs, another laughs, and soon everyone is laughing. It’s contagious and it opens people up to one another. Before the laughter spreads, people looked down at their books, newspapers, or phones. But as soon as people laugh, they make eye contact. Sure, they’re not talking (they are too busy laughing!), but they are open to the presence of one another...

Beautifully Sacred: Balpreet Kaur, Scapegoating, and the Imitation of Grace

The Internet can be a very mean place. But it can also lead us to grace.The dichotomy of meanness and grace was recently displayed on the website reddit.com. The backstory goes like this: A man was waiting in line at airport security. He spotted Balpreet Kaur, a young woman who is a baptized Sikh and a student at Ohio State University. The man surreptitiously took out his phone, positioned the camera, and while Balpreet looked away, he took her picture. Then he posted it to Reddit’s humor section, called r/funny, with the caption, “i’m not sure what to conclude from this.” The picture quickly went viral and people made demeaning comments about Balpreet’s appearance.