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The Power of Semiotics - The Power of Semiotics The first ordinance of this class is to write a reflexive paper about semiotics as I, or as I try to, understand it. Being able to write a reflexive paper luckily does not imply that I hold a thorough understanding of the material. Or, for that matter, a thorough understanding of the material for which I am about to reflect. I hesitate, for one of the first times in my life, to say that I can write a paper about semiotics or reflecting about semiotics or critiquing semiotics....   [tags: Semiotics Reflection Essays] 1536 words
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Semiotics - ... Now that I have explained the theory of semiotics, I will analyze how researchers have used this theory and what common conclusions they have drawn in their studies. The first theme I found to be recurrent in my research articles is that it is ultimately the consumer who determines the meaning of an advertisement. One article that analyzed pesticide advertisements over a period of five decades says that it is the society or audience that determines the meaning of the advertisement (Kroma & Flora, 2003)....   [tags: Linguistics]
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Semiotics - Semiotics Summary For each of us and for organisations in general the effective use of information is a critical success factor. You only need to think of the assignments you need to complete and the demand for a diverse and unified communication of information being required. There are two broad paradigms for dealing with information: • Information as a ‘substance’ flowing through a system (Stamper et.al.) • Information as a ‘process’ ie a social activity of making and maintaining relationships (Cheek et.al.) We have chosen the later paradigm, however both need modelling approaches which allow us to collect and communicate knowledge and information effectively....   [tags: Properties Signs ] 1285 words
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The Semiotics of the Encore - The Semiotics of the Encore Introduction In this reflexive paper, I wish to add a brief addendum to the literature about the semiotics of performance by examining the semiotic acts that surround the ritual of the encore in a live concert performance. I will bring to my analysis of this phenomena my twenty-some years of experience witnessing rock concerts in venues of all sizes and with a wide variety of audiences and performers. I will argue that there are specific elements to this ritual that are of particular interest to semioticians....   [tags: Concert Music Audience Papers]
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The Semiotics of Covers - The Semiotics of Covers I'm going to buy a book today - but not a school book, a real book - a bestseller. I walk past the harmonica man standing outside of the Brown Office Building, clamping my ears shut against the discordant melodies he's spewing out at me. I enter the Brown Bookstore - my Mecca, my Graceland. I strut past the tables near the door and walk toward the bestseller wall, my being allthewhile bombarded by hardcovers seeking my wandering eyes. Howard Stern in drag screams out at me from the left, something about Colin Powell and a journey crys out from the right....   [tags: Books Reading Essays] 2335 words
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Semiotics in Cyberspace - Semiotics in Cyberspace We are seeing one of the most historically significant changes in the way we share information. Electronic communication devices have been with us since the beginning of the 20th century. Radio provided ways to share sounds with distant people simultaneously. The telephone added the ability to inter-communicate with others. Cinematography captured images and created the illusion of motion. Television added the ability to send sounds and moving images to masses of distant people simultaneously....   [tags: Communication Internet] 807 words
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Fashion and Semiotics - Fashion and Semiotics Missing Works Cited Ever since their invention many centuries ago, clothes have been used as a way of communicating. The message communicated relies on a number of factors including the social background of both the communicator and the receiver, and the context in which the message is communicated. Although at times the exact message or symbolism one is trying to portray may not be clear, it is evident that clothing has long been embraced as one of the best ways to project one’s desired personal image to those around them....   [tags: Sociology Semiology Symbolism] 1926 words
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The Integration of Semiotics and Political Signs - ... (Oh, my)” (Buzzfeed). Attempting to mock the stigma that some Americans have placed on the Muslim community. By mocking said stigma those who support the belief that Muslims should be feared or closely watched are by consequence squashed, their beliefs are portrayed in such a way that presents itself as outlandish. Therefore negativity is placed on such advocates. In David Glen Mick’s exploration in semiotics he expresses the idea that semiotics displays signs and messages as a whole by the study of their parts....   [tags: Politics]
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Design: Representation and Semiotics - ... Design can also represent a person, by giving the person an identity in the world. For example, one buys a recently launched electronic which is highly expensive for an average person to afford. By bringing the new product around and showing it to different types of people, the product gains more popularity and people think of this person as a high-income grosser (identity). The first thing that catches the users attention is the design of the product or its packaging. Companies are using design as a weapon to compete with their competitors for their products, in order get a share in the marketplace....   [tags: Design]
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The Use of Semiotics in Coco Cola's Advertising - The term ‘Semiotics’ refers to the study of signs and symbols, the relationship between written or spoken signs and of the meanings that are created. The essay will first of all try to give some definition a review of the main terminology used in the study of Semiotics and will then apply these to a series of texts, relating to advertising for Coca Cola. The basics of Semiotics were laid down by a Swiss linguist, Ferdinand De Saussure (1857-1913). “He used the word to describe a new science which he saw as ‘a science, which studies the life of signs at the heart of social life’ [Saussure cited in Underwood] He considered that a sign had two essential elements: the signifier and the signified....   [tags: Advertising, Marketing] 2034 words
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Communication Science vs. Semiotics - Communication Science vs. Semiotics Marcel Danesi says that "communication theorists generally focus more on the study of message-making as a process, whereas semioticians center their attention more on what a message means and on how it creates meaning" (Messages and Meanings: An Introduction to Semiotics, 1994). He implies that both communication science and semiotics are systematic studies of signs. Interestingly, Danesi comments that semiotics studies signification first and communication second....   [tags: Communication Science] 785 words
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Semiotics and Instructional Technology - Semiotics and Instructional Technology Abstract The purpose of my paper is to define and discuss semiotics and relate it to instructional technology. Discussing Semiotics Huyghe says that if you are a semiologist, then you study systems of signs (Huyghe, 1993, p.1). This area of discussion can cover a broad range of topics from hieroglyphic writing to "Masks and the semiotics of identity." "In semiotic terms, an icon is a variety of sign that bears a resemblance to its object; a diagram, for example, is an icon of that which the diagram represents (Pollock, 1995, p....   [tags: Signs Writing Symbols Essays Symbolism]
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A Critique on Semiotics Theory - A Critique on Semiotics Theory In the early 1900s Ferdinand de Saussure coined the term semiology. Semiology is concerned with "anything that can stand for something else." French writer Roland Barthes concentrates on interpreting signs. His ultimate goal is to explain how seemingly straightforward signs pick up ideological or connotative meaning and work to maintain the cultural status quo. In the book, A First Look at Communication Theory, Em Griffin presents the semiotics theory then later goes on to critique it....   [tags: Communication Essays]
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Semiotics of Personal Objects - Ever since I was a little girl, clothes and shoes have been important to me. I loved picking out my own outfits for school, and finding just the right color Keds or sandals to match. It truly was a passion. Even now, many years later, here I am, the same shopaholic and fashion maniac I have always been. After researching semiotics, which in short, is the method of interpreting signs and finding a deeper meaning in everyday activities, I realize, that my reasoning for choosing the clothes and shoes that I chose, is deeper, than just the fact that I looked cute, it was a choice of statements I was making each and every time....   [tags: Personal Essays] 474 words
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The Relationships Between Quaker, The Company, And Semiotics - The Relationships Between Quaker, The Company, and Semiotics For my presentation I have looked at one of Peterborough's oldest and biggest manufacturer, The Quaker company. More specifically the outside and inside of the building. As I was driving towards the building I thought, what was so significant about the Quaker building and how could a picture of a Quaker be so significant in today's culture. I also thought that this whole image of Quaker could not be that overwhelming, however, with great embarrassment I was completely mistaken....   [tags: essays research papers] 1078 words
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Food as Sign and Code - Food as Sign and Code What do you think of when you see or smell your favorite food. On one hand the sight or smell of that food might trigger hunger, or even a memory of the last time you shared that meal with a loved one. The point is, the smell or sight of our favorite food would trigger a different thought or feeling in each of us. This is an example of Semiotics. Semiotics is defined as "anything that can stand for something else." Roland Barthes was one of Europe's most renowned theorists of semiology....   [tags: Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz Semiotics Essays]
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Semiotic Analysis of a Advertising Image - ... Denotation is described as the defitional, obvious or commonsense meaning of a sign, or, from another point of view, what the dictionary attempts to provide. Often, the role of the denoted message is to naturalize the connoted one. ‘That is, the work of interpretation, or grasping the connotation of the image, is underlain and held together by the brute fact of the syntagm of denotation: the conjunction of the objects in the scene is natural or given, because it requires no translation, no decoding (Barthes,1964a: 51) Analysing the advertising from a denotative point of you, I can say that it contains both text and image and I will talk about each of them, because neither should be ignored....   [tags: Marketing, Media, Informative] 1458 words
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The Ethical Values of the Music Art of the Ancient Greeks: A Semiotic Essay - The Ethical Values of the Music Art of the Ancient Greeks: A Semiotic Essay ABSTRACT: Humanity requires for its satisfaction Beauty and Good, that is, love, wisdom, and courage. Put differently, the necessity of order, equilibrium, and harmony. These values ground one of the most elevated planes of the spiritual life: music. Its moral force in the education of the mind, soul, and behavior of the human person has been emphasized by the ancient Greek philosophers. This important message exists as a pattern crossing the centuries....   [tags: Musical Artistic Greek Essays] 2781 words
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Peirce, Virtuality, and Semiotic - Peirce, Virtuality, and Semiotic The adjective "virtual," practically unheard-of a few years ago, has without a doubt become the number one buzzword of the nineteen-nineties. Virtual reality has become a catch phrase for the interactive multimedia technologies that have supplanted desktop publishing at the cutting edge of personal-computer graphics technology. The virtual communities which for years have flourished in comfortable obscurity on the Internet, have recently been thrust into the glare of publicity as commercial gateways have opened up the net to the public, while virtual corporations have transformed the world of business....   [tags: Pierce Virtual Virtuality Essays]
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Ad Bank Semiotic Analysis: Cosmopolitan and Maxim Magazines - Ad Bank Semiotic Analysis: Cosmopolitan and Maxim Magazines In our house, we have a girls' bathroom and a boys' bathroom. When entering into the women's private sphere of the bathroom, one cannot help but notice the mountain of women's magazines on top of the toilet. Similarly, the men's bathroom has its share of men's magazines stacked in their domain of masculinity. This essay will take a look at the advertisements in these infamous periodicals, to attempt to gain a better understanding of their message(s), and their appeal....   [tags: Advertisements Compare Contrast Essays]
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Ordinary Objects Become Meaningful: Lacoste Challenge Perfume Advertisement - The organizational process behind making ads is complicated. Many things can be discovered when you look into the deeper meanings behind an advertisement. The advertisement that I chose to interpret through semiotic analysis came from Vogue Magazine, advertising the new Lactose perfume for men called Lacoste Challenge. This is a very recent ad, made to advertise this new fragrance for men, and it features celebrity actor Hayden Christensen as the new model for the promotion of this new perfume. This ad is pretty straight forward and general, but what else is missing....   [tags: advertisements, semiotic analysis,] 1514 words
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The Communication of Meaning in Advertising - The communication of meaning in advertising is largely attributed to the semiotic representation of mutually agreed signs in a given text (Schirato and Yell 2001:23). Accordingly, the production of these messages relies heavily on these signs and the ways in which they are used to produce a dominant or preferred meaning to the reader (Hall 2001:174). As such, the application of semiotic theory can be immensely useful in understanding just how meaning is constructed within an advertisement; as will be discussed hereafter....   [tags: Advertising] 1291 words
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Literary Analysis: "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" - A narrative is constructed to elicit a particular response from its audience. In the form of a written story, authors use specific narrative strategies to position the ‘ideal reader’ to attain the intended understanding of the meanings in the text. Oliver Sacks’ short story The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is an unusual short story because it does not display conventional plot development; the story does not contain conflict or resolution of conflict. The genre of the story is also difficult to define because it reads as an autobiographical account of an experience Sacks had with a patient while working as a neurologist....   [tags: Literary Analysis ] 2137 words
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Arthur Asa Berger's Analysis of Cheers - "Cheers" - A Semiotic Analysis by Berger      In Arthur Asa Berger’s essay, he conducts a semiotic analysis of the comedy television show "Cheers." In his analysis of the show he points out many characteristics that refer to semiotics. Even though one could not agree with all of his findings, many of them are reasonable. One discrepancy someone might have with his ideas is that he applies his analysis to simply one episode rather than the entire series. Berger could have been able to conduct a more thorough examination if he used the whole series as a basis for his semiotic analysis....   [tags: essays research papers] 470 words
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help me - Visual Communication could be described as processes that rely primarily on rich visual content as the means of conveying information through words, photos, colors, shapes, and many other components. However, visual communication explores the use of graphical components in achieving communication goals. Visual communication has both critical and practical parts. According to the current book we use in the class “Visual Communication, Images with Messages”, the critical part of visual communication is known as visual rhetoric, which explores the way that designers use visual elements to influence audiences....   [tags: essays research papers] 565 words
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English as a Young and Changing Discipline - This essay takes an interdisciplinary approach to discussing the English language as a young and changing discipline. It draws on theories from the fields of philosophy, psychology, semiotics, physical science, and critique for reinforcement of the author's own ideals or ideas about the English language. The most appealing order to the essay was to begin with philosophy as a metaphysical approach with touches of idealism and humanism fusing with idealistic-empiricist- sense-experience approaches through psychology, physical science, and semiotics....   [tags: Languages] 1608 words
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Social Sciences In Theatre - Social Sciences in Theatre How are the social sciences associated with theatre. In his article “Performance Studies”, Helbo identifies many social sciences associated with theatre including psychology, sociology, and semiotics. Psychology, he states, has greatly increased the work of the actor by giving him a tool to examine his character or role in greater depth. Psychology has also affected the spectator by creating a release and even a form of therapy. Sociology is used in theatre to determine the cultural politics involved, the link between demand patterns and economic patterns, and the role of theatre in everyday life....   [tags: essays research papers] 341 words
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Multimodal Stylistics Analysis - ... These include: Baldry and Thibault (2006) looking at social semiotics, Kress and Van Leeuwen (2001) working in discourse analysis, Norgaard (2009) looking at typography and Gibbons (2011?) focusing on cognitive poetics. Typography analyses the visual aspect of language whether this be hand written, printed or calligraphed (Norgaard 2009, pg.143) and how the visual text displayed can create meaning. Van Leeuwen’s (2006) system of distinctive typographical features, which McIntyre and Busse (2010, pg.438) refer to as ‘a grammar of typography’ can be applied to a typographic analysis....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Analysis of Dominant Ideology in Various Media Texts - Stuart Hall has posited that the concepts of individual dream states can be brought on a macroscopic scale to media text. In particular, "nightmares" of individuals, can be related to the semiological analysis of a given media text in relation to dominant ideology and culture in general. His main points in this are twofold, first is to point out that the more horrible and "nightmarish" a media scenario (i.e. story) is, the more difficult it is to de-construct the ideological markers that serve as the basis for the text....   [tags: Film] 1051 words
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gender roles inherent or socialized? - The belief that gender roles are inherently biological is a cultural fallacy, which can lead to an inability to effectively communicate when we do not assess each individual’s personality. Research of this topic is necessary in order to learn how to completely understand how to communicate. When trying to communicate with an individual there are more variables than simply gender that need to be assessed. However, there are many ways that society implies that this is not necessary. Our society has been taught that gender roles are inherent, biological and behavioral characteristics....   [tags: essays research papers] 858 words
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Children’s Television Commercials - ... Commercials are trying to sell an idea that is connected to the product, along with the actual product. The products are made to give them a value that is created by the idea. “Advertising comprises a system of commodity-sign production designed to enhance the exchange value of commodities” (Goldman 1998, 5). The creators on the commercial give the product an image that helps the product sell. A commonly used image that is used in children’s commercials is the family. A semiotic analysis breaks down the commercial to find how it forms the image of a family....   [tags: Advertising ]
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The Symbolism of Self Violence - The Symbolism of Self Violence I enrolled in this class in semiotics in order to see if the semiotic approach would give me a greater understanding or give meaning to what I do for a living. It seems natural that I would try to employ the method with the problems that vex me the most. I hope that any reader of this text will appreciate the attempt at interpretation of meaning and not focus on the sensationalism or strangeness of the behaviors that I will describe. I must give credit for the idea of looking at the symbolism of self-violence to James Gilligan in his book, "Violence" in which he examines the symbolism of violence towards others (Gilligan , 1996) ....   [tags: Psychology Papers]
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Barthes' argument in The Death of the Author - The Function of Subject as Signified Barthes’ argument in The Death of the Author, as it is clarified by the structuralist approach of Ferdinand de Saussure and the manifestations of his linguistic system adapted by Jacques Lacan and Jacques Derrida, is composed of an ultimate dismissal of the signification of a text in favor of the ratification of the function of the subject. Once this function is ascertained, Barthes shifts his impetus to the antiquation of the author’s place in general. The function of the subject that Barthes concludes is the concatenation of the signifier of a text for the purpose of the unification of its constitution....   [tags: Barthes Death of the Author]
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Magazine Analysis - Maclean’s is a Canadian news magazine established in 1905 by John Bayne Maclean. Distributed weekly, it is Canada’s only national current affairs magazine; it covers such matters as politics, international affairs, social issues, business and culture. On average, the magazine circulates 366,394 issues per week and has a readership of 2,753,000. 51% of readers are men and 49% are women, with an average age of 45 years old. On October 11th, 2007, Volume 120 Number 41, October 22nd, 2007 issue (Figure 1) was distributed nationally ....   [tags: Magazine Publication Analysis] 1944 words
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Media Literacy - ... Is there something to be learned from this phenomenon. The means of videogame production are not as accessible as many other media forms, such as video or photography. Therefore, what we can learn from videogames is mostly in the area of consumption. I believe the initial draw of videogames is a subconscious and natural one, and could provide insight for teachers in how to connect with students with a variety of subjects. What are the techniques that videogame designers use to connect with their players....   [tags: Article Review]
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A Streetcar Named Desire - ... Williams utilizes what Pavis would call “Brechtian gestus,” which “conceives of theatre as a succession of actions from which the characterization flows,” (Pavis, 42), thus shaping Stanley’s character through an overlay of overtly masculine actions. Though the explicit stage description characterizes Stanley with, “Animal joy in his being…implicit in all his movements and attitudes. Since earliest manhood the center of his life has been pleasure with women, the giving and taking of it, not with weak indulgence, dependently, but with the power and pride of a richly feathered male bird among hens,” (Williams, 695), this vibrant and overtly sexualized characterization could be lost in the actor and director’s interpretation of Stanley....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Tennessee Williams] 1288 words
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The Representations of Femininity in Pride and Prejudice - ... Andrew Davies' script brings every last scene from the book and then pops in some new, being as absolutely faithful to the book as anyone could hope to be”. Many people claim that this particular version has the best portrayal of Mr. Darcy. According to another reviewer, Wulfstan10 says that the actor Colin Firth has “perfectly captured the character's aristocratic refinedness, his shyness and sense of decorum that come across as apparent stuffiness and disdain”, he adds that it’s a “simple facade for the strong emotions and character underneath” and that “his eyes, say so much of the complexity of his character and his feelings with subtle expressions” (Pride)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Mathematics - Mathematics At the recent annual meeting of the Psychology of Mathematics Education--North America Chapter, held in Florida, Bob and I were playing Frisbee on the beach. The lure of the surf soon led us into thigh deep water where waves added to the fun we were having with the wind. We were throwing parallel to the shore but the waves were coming in at an angle so that a breaking wave first hit Bob before hitting me a few seconds later. Verbal communication was difficult due to the noise of the surf, so thumbs-up or down, applause, head-nodding or shaking, along with smiles or frowns took its place....   [tags: Personal Narrative Math Essays] 1553 words
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Intertextuality - What is intertextuality. How does intertextuality challenge E.D. Hirsch’s idea that a text has a single meaning created by its author. Explain with reference to examples drawn from any media format. According to American literary critic, E.D. Hirsch, in order to interpret a body of text, one must ask one’s self the only question that can be answered objectively – “what, in all probability, did the author mean to convey?” He believed that the author’s intended meaning equates the meaning of a text and it is in fact, the reader’s duty to uncover the the author’s intentions....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Television Programs - Television Programs There are many useful techniques greatly in television programmes and in their opening sequences. They are used to attract the viewer's attention while also creating a great way to show what the upcoming program is about. One of these techniques is the use of split screening; this is a very attractive way to put across what a programme is about, tone or genera. In the television soap 'Hollyoaks' the beginning shows a short clip of around thirty seconds to around a minute that gives a little incite into the episode, which is followed by the use of split screening in the opening credits....   [tags: Papers] 686 words
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Analysis of Film Posters - Analysis of Film Posters Having studied film posters this term, it is apparent that certain forms and conventions are applied. [IMAGE]The major forms and conventions of film posters could include: A large title which attracts the eye, bold colours which stand out from the background, intriguing picture which would attract viewers to the film, persuasive language which might persuade the viewers to go and see the film, using the main character's name for promotion, and the certification will either to ensure that the right type of people are watching the film....   [tags: Papers] 1108 words
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Roland Barthes - Roland Barthes The work of Roland Barthes (1915-80), the cultural theorist and analyst, embraces a wide range of cultural phenomena, including advertising, fashion, food, and wrestling. He focused on cultural phenomena as language systems, and for this reason we might think of him as a structuralist. In these notes, I provide a short profile of this influential figure, together with a synopsis of his seminal essay, "Rhetoric of the Image," a model for semiological analysis of all kinds. * * * * * This cultural theorist and analyst was born in Cherbourg, a port-city northwest of Paris....   [tags: Rhetoric of the Image]
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The Greek Chorus - The Greek Chorus *No Works Cited Greek tragedy and comedy originated with the chorus, the most important part of the performance space was the orchestra, which means 'a place for dancing' (orchesis). A typical tragic Greek chorus was a group of some twelve to fifteen masked men just about to enter military service after some years of training (Athenians were taught to sing and dance from a very early age.) An old comedic chorus consisted of up to twenty four men. The effort of dancing and singing through three tragedies and a satyr play was likened to that of competing in the Olympic Games....   [tags: Papers] 361 words
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Children's Television Commercials: Analyzing the Representation of Family - Children's Television Commercials: Analyzing the Representation of Family The assignment requires children’s commercials to be studied to find how these commercials are coded to give meaning to a representation of ‘the family’. However, before this can be tackled the concept of representation must be discussed as well as clarifying what exactly is meant by ‘children’s commercials’. The assignment is open to many interpretations as to what constitutes a children’s commercial. A commercial aimed at children, especially young children, must have an appeal to both child and parent alike, as it is most likely the parent who will be purchasing any of the items desired....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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On an Instance of Animal Semiosis - On an Instance of Animal Semiosis This purpose of this reflexive paper is to discuss the implications of an instance of semiosis in the animal world, in this instance, occurring with an animal, the dog, which has, it can be argued, throughout history reaped almost unique benefits (perhaps second only to the cat) by the virtue of its semiotic abilities and how they have allowed the animal to interact successfully with humans. Semiotics works in the animal world in a similar fashion as in the human: "In animals (...), semiosis creates structures of experience which organize the environment and determine what is and what is not functional for that animal" (Cunningham and Shank, p.3)....   [tags: Animals Semiosis Essays] 1044 words
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INTERACTION OF A HEARING IMPAIRED CHILD WITH HER IMMEDIATE COMMUNITY AS MEDIATED BY SYMBOLS AND SIGNS - CHAPTER III METHODOLOGY Assumptions and Rationale for Qualitative Design Communication researchers, according to Baxter (2004), are more interested on “human aggregates” and not on individuals. However, in this study that focuses on one sample only, the aim is to explain the group of the hearing-impaired and not just the subject herself. Baxter added that researchers must seek for the underlying system or pattern and again, not for the individuals (2004). Thus, the study hoped to understand and explain clearly the underlying concepts and patterns of communication....   [tags: Communication ]
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The Work Spouse - ... The depth and breadth of self-disclosure were equally important to forming their close relationship. Not only did Lewis and Bristler share information about their work environment, they shared information that would typically be reserved for a significant other. Bristler stated, “Patty hears many of the same things reserved for my spouse, including who is annoying me at work, my true assessment of some of the projects at work and my current satisfaction level with my job” (Dorsett). The different areas or ranges of information exchanged would be known as the breadth of penetration while the level of intimacy would be known as the depth....   [tags: Social Issues]
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Dark Shades of Colour: The Investigation of Shadows in Graphic Novels - ... In the following frame, the woman is shot in the back of her head and blood gushes out from her eyes (Appendix A). Her opened mouth suggests the extreme anguish the character feels after being shot in the head. These two frames also demonstrate a cause and effect where the first frame shows the woman running for her life and the next shows the effect of being shot. This construction of using shadows in the frames helps illustrate the intensity and vitality which furthers the feeling of suspense....   [tags: Literary Elements]
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Nonverbal Communication and Cultural Differences - ... (Wood, 2009). Hence, all these touch responses depends on the cultural context of specific culture. Kinesics is referred to as a body language and it is the most common type of the nonverbal communication, it could be a gesture, facial expressions, postures, and eye behaviour. All these modes are nitty-gritty of any nonverbal communication process, and their interpretation depends upon the relative cultural context. Marshall & Rossman (1995) claims that, Kinesics must be used thoughtfully and carefully, as movements and gestures can be easily misinterpreted....   [tags: Communication ]
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The Definition of Dramaturgy - ... In The Poetics, Aristotle outlined which components and layers make for a true, pure tragedy; noting the features of what makes Oedipus the King such a prime example of this. The reason for highlighting Oedipus the King as being the best tragedy play was because he believed that it followed the exact patterns of which every tragedy should incorporate. Lessing subsequently believed that modern audiences should look back to the teachings of Aristotle, using The Poetics as a guide and template for analysis....   [tags: Theatre]
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Semoitics - The producers of television programmes use a set of codes and conventions to communicate with their audience. These codes and conventions help to reinforce the ‘myths’ about British society. Semiotics or the study of signs, demonstrates that when anything is represented, it acquires additional meanings. Whether these additional meanings are deliberately used to signify others or not is irrespective, the fact that these meanings can be contributed to a sign holds the importance. Using an episode of the British soap-opera, “Eastenders” as an example, this reading will identify these additional meanings and show credence to their existence....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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