What do you think?
I was planning on watching it, but I was a little late, so I switched it on to hear the cadence of Obama’s speech. My stomach sank and I switched over to something oddly comforting about kidnapping. As the kidnapping story was replaced by one of murder, I’d switch back for a moment, feel very uncomfortable and go back to the murder.
I think what I heard was the sound of a kind of clutching, though I doubt it came across as that, given what I heard afterwards from some pretty angry commentators. I know of two accounts of clutching, a phenomenon with which I’ve had at times too much familiarity. One account is sort of neurophysical: for various reasons, one’s brain is giving warning signals: now is not the time to try anything new; stick to old routines.
Another account says one clutching has lost focus on the goal and is instead focusing on one’s own performance. One’s not focused on getting the ball over the net and is instead focusing on how one is holding the racquet, etc.
So what do you think?