Notes: Play and Ambiguity

[Article in question]

Rhetorics of play:

Play as progress – child’s development
Play as fate – outdated model due to modern rejection of predeterminism?
Play as power – status boosting tool
Play as identity – community, preservation of cultural values
Play as the imaginary – creativity
Play as the self – hobbies, solitary play activities
Play as frivolous – foolishness

Brian talks mostly about “how we talk about play” and the rhetoric itself, rather their theoretic and practical frameworks. He draws the seven distinctions, but in layman’s terms, what I got out of his text is that “they may overlap, or they may not”, and instead of exploring the rhetorics further and perhaps breaking them down, he goes on to talk about scientific ways of discussing rhetorics, which to me, seemed very disconnected from theory of play that the chapter seemed like it was meant to focus on.