FIGURE 1: Analyze the various signs you see, remembering that words are signs, too.
This is an exploration in semiotics. Do the following for Tuesday, Sept. 27:
- Find a small, simple object that you believe reflects your personality. Bring it to class in a plain brown-paper bag. Write your name on the bottom of the bag.
For Thursday, Sept. 29:
- For your portfolio, list the attributes the object has that you expect your classmates to identify. What kind of sign is this object: iconic, indexical or symbolic? Explain why.
- Did any of the objects from other students surprise you? Explain.
- Look closely at the ad on this page. Analyze the various signs you see in it (remember that words are signs, too).
- What signs did you find?
- What mode are they?
- Are any codes present? If so, what codes are they and how do they work?
- Stuart Hall says that the media re-present events. Can you think of something you saw on television or in a book or magazine that was entirely different when you experienced it in person? Explain.