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Subject:Taking pictures with Louis CK.
Time:12:27 pm
I just came across this:



What is it I love most about Louis CK? He's so very human.

Quick summary if you don't want to watch the video: He doesn't like getting his picture taken with fans. So he says no when they ask, but then he actually has a conversation with them. He says 80% of the people are delighted, and 20% are disappointed.

He views that disappointment as a good life-lesson for those folks, but I'm not as certain they're "getting it". If you'd rather have a picture with someone than a conversation with them, you're basically reducing them to an object. A tourist attraction. Here's a picture of me next to the Washington Monument, and here's a picture of me next to some celebrity.

I would guess most of 20% disappointed people don't actually know anything about Louis CK aside from what he looks like. "Hey, isn't that dude famous? Get a picture." He's an object in their minds, a celebrity object.

Whereas sitting and actually talking to him, he suddenly becomes a human being. You can still moon over him as a famous person, but he's a person-person.

I would much rather have a conversation with Louis CK than a picture. Because I like him.
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achild
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Time:2013-02-17 05:33 am (UTC)
Man, I'm totally going to ask him for a picture if I ever see him. Seems like a great way to get him into a conversation, since walking up and starting talking to him might be met with "dude, I'm trying to eat here".

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nobodobodon
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Time:2013-02-17 07:11 am (UTC)
Go up and ask if you can take a picture with his dinner.
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worldmegan
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Time:2013-02-17 04:38 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with your analysis -- I have always been 'eh' about taking pictures with people/things myself. The experience I'm having feels way more important than proving I had it. Which is different from making art, I think... taking photos that express something. But just taking a picture that shows I was there doesn't express something, it distracts me from the expression of the experience itself.
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