erving goffman’s ‘interaction ritual’ consists of six articles that explore the face to face behavior in interaction. i am going to focus on the sixth article ‘where the action is’. it is the one that talks about the action, and character; an enormously nice match with my themes…yesterday when we were chatting with nassim, we realized that paul dourish’s book on interaction design shares the same name with the goffman’s article, is it the ‘zeitgeist’ or just a coincidence?
at the beginnning, having stated that it is hard to name the face-to-face interaction,but the subject matter can be identified.
it is the class of events which occurs during the co-presence and by virtue of co-presence and by virtue of co-presence. the ultimate behavioral materials are the glances, gestures, positionings, and verbal statements that people continuously feed into the situation, whether intended or not. these are the external signs of orientation and involvement-states of mind and body not ordinarily examined with respect to their social organization. (p.1)