Immediately after publishing a post, I get an encouraging message from WordPress that looks something like this:
“Magnificent!” rotates among a list of superlatives like “Awesome!”, “Totally radical!”, “Way to go!” . . . etc. All high, and hip, sounding praises.
Now, how manipulable am I that, knowing full well that this praise came from a machine, a random number generator that picks an adjective from a predetermined list, a cold & hard algorithm that exists only keep me writing & hopefully at some point generate some income for a profit-making corporation, knowing all that, I still feel a surge of validation upon getting the message? How very Pavlovian!