dubbing, naming, and everyday stardom

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The Kwakiuti people conferred names according to whether a person gave property – e.g., “For Whom Property Flows” (an elevated name), or received property – “Creating Trouble All Round” (a lowered name).*

It made me wonder, what might be the names given to those who gift their gift?

Just a few days ago, I heard about a group of friends, who, at the end of their work meeting had some fun with trying to name one another.

I love this.  I belong to a mentoring community who do just this.  After being and learning together, they seek to confer names on one another.  A person cannot choose their own name but may receive or reject the name offered to them.  It’s based on valuing the things discovered in each person.

Here’s a contrasting story.  In his 2015 Non-Obvious Trends report, Rohit Bhargava identifies one of his trends as Everyday Stardom, observing how companies – including Disney with its magic band – are aiming ‘to allow customers to feel like superstars with every branded interaction.’**

The first example – of the Kwakiuti and my friends- are about gift communities conferring names in response to members gifting their gifts.  The second example of everyday stardom is a commercial purchase of a story, a name, an experience.  Have fun with it, but the danger is missing out on the incredible story already in every person.

We might call this issue dubbing – from the experience of trying to voiceover a film of TV programme – the problem being producing something “overdone, over dramatic, or overladen with emotion,”^ leading to an experience which appears to be “feigned, false, prefabricated.”^^

When you gift your gift, you are already an everyday star.

(*From Lewis Hyde’s The Gift.)
(**From Rohit Bhargava’s Non-Obvious.)
(^Author Candace Whitman-Linsen, quoted in Charlotte Bosseaux’s Dubbing, Film and Performance.)
(^^Frederic Chaume, quoted in Charlotte Bosseaux’s Dubbing, Film and Performance.)

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