‘In & Of Itself’ Creator On The Parallels Between Games And Politics

Derek DelGaudio, writer of “In & Of Itself,” joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss why “In & Of Itself” is a “theatrical, existential crisis” that affects the audience on a deeply personal level.
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    1. Enroll in an English class. Your syntax and grammar needs to be improved. I’m an English teacher, your sentence structure is a bit alarming. LOL!!

    2. @Daniel Gallegos I am so sorry that most persons are not aware of who they are. For to understand the phrase is to understand the person.

  1. Not being familiar with this, I wonder if the card the audience member chose says what Mr. Delgaudio says they are. For who among us truly know who we are?

  2. Failing to be seen and heard is the heartache of this country that leads to all our problems.

  3. This is like the eye color personality. Where Blue eyes become the minority! And get treated like the lowest dirt a human can be.

  4. The positive spin is interesting, and I hope it is true. I felt sadness because of the transparency. Not sure why. Also, how do we know it’s not just another trick?

    I assume it is. You see, there is who we are, and who we think we are. You’ve got these people staring at certain cards that identify with their self-image, and the magician agrees with them. It’s an old trick.

  5. Silly rhetoric. The guest claims a rigged game is not a game, but in fact it is. The guest claims people mistakenly thought they were playing a game and really weren’t, but in fact they mistakenly thought they were playing a fair game and were really playing a rigged game. And the guest claims Democrats believe they’re playing a game, but there’s no evidence that they believe that.

  6. We can’t see from the video clip whether the audience physically handled the cards they “picked.” If they did, the trick is easy to explain: an assistant reviews a video recording that shows each member of the audience picking his/her card, and transmits the info to a receiver in the magician’s ear.

  7. I don’t see how anyone sensible could summarize their self-identity with only one card. We each play many roles and we each have many personality traits.

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