Frame Analysis

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

   Wed, December 14, 2005 - 10:57 PM
(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
[“ 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.”


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Thu, December 15, 2005 - 11:35 AM
nice picture
nice picture, nice poem, just wish I didn't feel like we were all shouting into empty black space.
Thu, December 15, 2005 - 4:34 PM
i guess some people feel like they are shouting into empty space...
while other people feel like they are venturing into unlimited potential...

this empty space is my playground. i like it quite frankly.
Fri, December 16, 2005 - 8:27 AM
that's a really cool rhythm between the exlpainer/analyst and participator. For me it even touches on that ground of the voyeur and exhibitionist, it's fun to be both, The hive does get so mad at us don't they?

nice work clo - can i call you that?
Sat, December 24, 2005 - 5:40 PM
this is great
i will read it agian, so it sinks in more, you are a fabulous writer. I was excited to see somthing that you worked on cause so far ive seen alot of things posted by by other people, which is great, somtimes i really itch to hear about other people around me.............i like those little snap shots of peoples lives it helps me to put people on the same plaine. I think i still slip into this place everyonce in awhle this place i spent alot of time in when i was younge, and thats the place where i would pinch myself to make sure i was alive and that all these people around me were real. I often felt like it was all a fassade to keep me busy, and i guess in some ways it is. THen i fell into the cracks..
Sat, December 24, 2005 - 5:41 PM
that was sapposed to say posted by you by other people,
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