Sunday, January 10, 2010
/prəˌvɒkəˈtɜr, -ˈtʊər; Fr. prɔvɔkaˈtœr/ [pruh-vok-uh-tur, -toor; Fr. praw-vaw-ka-tœr]
–noun, plural -teurs /-ˈtɜrz, -ˈtʊərz; Fr. -ˈtœr/ [-turz, -toorz; Fr. -tœr]
1. a person who provokes trouble, causes dissension, or the like; agitator.
2. (italics) French. agent provocateur. Origin: 1915–20;
Poke the Bear
Beat a Dead Horse
It can be power. Sex. Control. Schadenfreude.
What is the motivation? Is it pleasure? Is it control? Challenging? Provoking? Stimulating? Confrontational? Offensive? Insulting?
Some like to toss the shit and watch the fallout. Some like to create drama and sit in the center. Some love being the poker.
Is it deliberate? Is it unknowing? I have to say it's fascinating to watch.
How are you an agent provocateur?