This is too random to pass up. It’s not a new thing, I discovered after reading the New York Times article last week. New or not, it’s apparently a thing:
Just, wow. My opinion about the legality, the decency, or the message underlying this wave of entertainment aside, there was something in the NYT article that caught my attention:
Whenever I wondered aloud whether fans might find the shows unsettling or disrespectful, the hologram-industry representative I happened to be speaking to would grow defensive.
Yikes. It’s pretty rare when it’s okay to get defensive. It’s also pretty indicative something is up when that’s the reaction. Particularly when it’s coming from someone being given the opportunity to tout their business to an NYT reporter.
Of course, it’s a natural tendency when we feel criticized, as these reps may have felt. They may also feel a little guilty about the business they’re in, I don’t know. I can’t say I’ve never gotten defensive. I have to remember there’s almost always truth in what someone is telling me, even if I don’t want to hear it. What I do know: Along with mitigating my speech and saying ‘but,’ reacting defensively is another thing that’s good for me to be aware.