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re: Why do standing ovations now seem obligatory? A psychologist's take.
Posted by: WWriter 01:22 pm EDT 10/03/22
In reply to: Why do standing ovations now seem obligatory? A psychologist's take. - MockingbirdGirl 11:05 am EDT 10/01/22

I think there is a human tendency toward exaggerating over time when talking. The caught fish gets bigger and bigger. The long pause gets longer. The hot person gets hotter. Years ago, people said that Sondheim's songs were 1-act plays. Over time, they started being called 3-act plays. Someone recently said 9-act plays (I think it was Emily Skinner.)

I think standing Os are a physical manifestation of this phenomenon.
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