So, this blog author may or may not have accidentally broiled a pizza on Friday night. But fear not, it was ultimately edible and yielded inspiration for a communications blog post. Among the good natured ribbing proffered in the aftermath of this culinary catastrophe was an incredulous, “Why would anyone turn a knob counter clockwise??!” Hmm. Why would anyone do that? Isn’t it fascinating that in that one crummy dial (that now bears the corrective ink of a loosely held Sharpie pen) conveys an enormous amount of culturally hued communication? If you want to do this you have to first do this. Turning a knob left or right is an arbitrary thing, but it ends up being really influential if you want to add tension to your spinning bike, bake pizza, turn up the heat, make the fan run stronger in your car, flip really fast through iPod songs, turn on a faucet . . . we really do live in a clockwise world.
Doesn’t it make you wonder what other social codes are just simply convention rather than of any great significance? Doesn’t it impress you how much one can access simply by understanding that we live in a clockwise world? Doesn’t it frighten you a touch to think about how ideas can become utterly pervasive without anyone noticing or caring?
NB: This is a Canadian stove (French & English), are there English-Spanish stoves in the States?