dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Parkinson's Law versus (Elly) Patterson's values.

As we know, Elly likes to be communicated to in a set way: she would far and away prefer to have a letter that she can hold in her hand and squirrel away as opposed to a phone call or e-mail that she sees as evaporating away and not meaning as much. It sometimes occurs to me that there is another factor in play when condemning the newer modes of communication: they can't mean as much because the person obviously didn't spend enough time to think about what he or she wanted to say. Elly appears sometimes to appreciate the effort involved because it means that the person devoted his or her mental energy to her.

This, I think, is because she looks a damned sight like Parkinson's Law made flesh owing to an example he gave of work expanding so as to fill the time available for its completion: someone's maiden aunt spending a day of enervating toil writing a postcard to a relative. He'd contrasted that to a busy man who'd completed the same task in less than a minute so as to use the older form of the adage: it's the busiest man who has time to spare. Since it takes Elly forever to do the simplest of tasks, she assumes that anyone who writes her must also have burned away a day getting his or her thoughts together and appreciates the hard work involved. It would kill her should she ever find out that there are people who can write the big as a phone book letters she values on the fly.
Tags: elly patterson: universal imbecile.

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