I am loving this back-and-forth debate because while watching tonight, I was screaming "ONE STEP FORWARD TWO STEPS BACK ONE STEP FORWARD TWO STEPS BACK WHAT HOW ARE YOU NOT GETTING THIS?"skullturf wrote:I don't think you can make an absolute statement like that. Some people might find it more intuitive to think of the right side as the front side, and some people might find it more intuitive to think of the left side as the front side. Have you done a survey?Vowela wrote:Left is usually front, and right is usually back. Using the opposite is visually confusing.
Usually when we depict times on a graph, we put the later times on the right side of the graph, so moving to the right would be going "forward" in time.
Then my husband, standing next to me, shrugged and said, "I'm not sure I would've gotten it -- "right" being "forward" is completely culturally specific. I mean, *I* think of 'right' as 'forward' and 'left' as 'back,' because my first language is English. If it were Hebrew, I'd go the other way. I probably wouldn't have rung in and said that because I'd think it, but then think it can't possibly be the right answer because I'd second-guess myself thinking the writers wouldn't possibly assume everyone would have that same association, since there's nothing explicitly saying RIGHT has to be the same as FORWARD."
I was like OH MY GOD YOU'RE RIGHT.