Friday, October 14, 2005

Copy Machine

If a person doesn’t add something new to the conversation,
I say that is not a person talking, that is a copy machine.

Margaret says that is not a person talking, that is an echo.

What do you say?

—me strauss Letting me be

24 comments:

Lance said...

It can be like communicating with a rubber receiver, everything bounces off them. Or like the copy machine, but before that they had ditto machines, teachers use dto make templates and copies with them, and this the ditto was a copy. Then they could be presently absent minded, or permanately absent minded. Or just plain stupid.

mojo shivers said...

Personally, I tend not to meet these so-called copy machines. I only seem to meet the too opinionated, too funny, too witty, and too sarcastic people. I'd rather meet someone I can get along with conversationally than someone I can get along with physically (of course, getting both is always a plus).

Ned said...

If you are the boss and they are parroting everything you say, I call them people in need of a paycheck.

If they paid to be here, I call them the audience.

If they are quietly agreeing as they are listening, and backing me up, I call them friends.

Bluesky_Liz said...

I call them me-too-ers.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Lance,
Your comment made me laugh out loud. Yeah there are a great variety of ways to spout back the same answer.
smiles,
Liz

ME Strauss said...

Mojo,
You're early today!
You live in a great place if you never run into people who just repeat what they hear somewhere else. But you're the kind of guy who would attract the funny, witty, sarcastic sorts, I thnks.
You're an energy magnet.

smiles
Liz

ME Strauss said...

Hi Ned,
You always add a new perspective to every question. i like how you make me think.

If her name is Ned, I never worry about whether she'll add something new to the conversation.

smiles,
Liz

ME Strauss said...

Hi Liz,

Good name for them.
They say ditto a lot too I hear.

smiles,
Liz

dog1net said...

Depends on whether we're copying others to see ourselves copied, or whether we're merely repeating what others say to hear it repeated back to us. Maybe that's why they have a sort button on copiers, I suppose.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Scot,
Happy Friday!
You've got a point there. There are those of us who just talk to hear our own voices too.

Wish I could carry that sort button around with me some days. :)
smiles,
Liz

Mark said...

I agree with Margaret!

I'm sorry. I couldn't resist. Well, I could but didn't want to. :)

A lot of them do it online just to repay a visit to their site or to draw one. They are pretty easy to spot though.

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ME Strauss said...

Mark,
I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. :) I'm laughing with how well you did that.

smiles,
Liz

garnet said...

I'd say it's an affirmation of what I'm saying and compliment that I'm worth imitating. or just boring.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Garnet,
Now there's situation no one has mentioned. I'm doing it right now. Repeating what you said because it's worth repeating. . . . and also because I can be very boring :)

smiles,
Liz

Jennifer said...

What if they're an observer? Taking in, recording, remember facts, patterns of speech, tidbits about everything going on around them?

Of course that's assuming the person isn't talking at all, but just listening...if they're repeating the same words you said...well copy machine could qualify :)

ME Strauss said...

Good morning Jennifer!
Great story you wrote yesterday.

Good points, all well taken. Though I would hope that unless their function was reporting that they might still add something to the conversation.

smiles,
Liz

easywriter said...

Seven year olds playing the repeating game. Remember? I used to drive my Sister crazy. :o)

Ned, those are so unique. I loved them.

ME Strauss said...

Ahh Easy,
Good one, I never would have gotten there. I bet your sisters hated that game. My brothers would have killed me.

smiles,
Liz

Eric Mutta said...

I call them CO2-slinging oxygen depleters.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Eric,
That surely was one I didn't think of! I like it. I like it.
smiles,
Liz

melly said...

Okay, truth be told, I've been in a business meeting or two where my idea was repeated by someone louder only to be noticed all of sudden. So I'd call them not-paying-attention-self-absorbed-obnoxiously-louder :)

ME Strauss said...

Good for you, Melly,
I'd call them that too.
That is so not cool. Worst of all I bet some of them say they were supporting you.

smiles,
Liz

Gone Away said...

I'm late, as usual. Sorry and all that but I'm getting way behind with all the blogs I read and comment on - my only excuse is that busy-ness has consumed me over the last couple of weeks. Please forgive me.

As for this business of copiers, sometimes that's all there is to say. I always find it easier to comment when there is something one can disagree with or add to. If the original speaker has said it all, what more can one do but say, "Yeah, right on"? And beware the quiet ones - they're recording for later consideration and dissection! ;)

ME Strauss said...

Hi Gone,
No worries, I know that you have many things to keep you busy. I appreciate it whenever you make it over. You're actually early. The 65th crayon won't be around until this after noon. He's had an emergency.

I agree. Somethings lend themselve to comments that will add to the discussion, others call for a good job.

Some people, though, seem to parrot in every case, not just to give an atta boy comment when appropriate.