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A Holiday Deconstruction

- A Holiday Deconstruction By RA Everyone looks forward to holiday entertainment. Jordan has faithfully kept the tradition of mounting a holiday show for the entertainment of the student body, staff, and students parents. Notice how “communityâ€. does not follow “staff.â€. Anyway, after watching the show A Holiday Celebration I was appalled by the misuse of Christmas themes. So many things were wrong with the show. First off, the Ghetto Holiday Skit: it’s starts off as a predictably funny opening between two half-witted burglars who take too long too enter the damn house, and when they do, they have the audacity to continue (discussing) or alluding the window....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Icarus and the Myth of Deconstruction

- Icarus and the Myth of Deconstruction In all three texts, it is the act of analysis which seems to occupy the center of the discursive stage, and the act of analysis of the act of analysis which in some way disrupts that centrality. In the resulting asymmetrical, abyssal structure, no analysis -- including this one -- can intervene without transforming and repeating other elements in the sequence, which is not a stable sequence. Barbara Johnson "The Frame of Reference" The Critical Difference 1....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Deconstruction of Thank You, Ma’am

- Deconstruction of Thank You, Ma’am There are a million acts of kindness each day. Some young man gives a stranger a compliment, or a teacher brightens a students morning. But, in the world we live in today, these acts are rare to come by. In this short story Thank You, Ma’am, the boy, out of mysterious luck, gets taken in by the woman whom he was trying to steal a purse from. Her actions, following the incident towards the boy, may have seemed very kind and understanding, but the boy needs a more solid way of punishment....   [tags: Thank You, Ma’am]

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Ambient Music And The Impulse Towards Deconstruction

- Out of Light – cometh Darkness, dark ambient music and the impulse towards deconstruction © 2000 Daniel du Prie 1. “These recordings may be seen as a notation of our deadminded society, but not as a reaction against it, we will all become ambient dead heads, if not...” (Archon Satani, In Shelter, liner note, 1994) If not, then ellipsis. The conditional clause of fact, followed by an open-ended ellipsis, where not only the conjunction between a conditional present and an effected future (then...), but the whole of future time itself is omitted – is a good way to immerse oneself in a description towards a functional definition of a difficult form of a “popular” underground music (I write p...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Deconstruction and Multiplicity of Self through Modern Technology

- Deconstruction and Multiplicity of Self through Modern Technology The Internet has allowed a postmodern view of self to dominate and serve as the solution to a dilemma that modernism has perpetuated surrounding self perception. Such a dilemma includes the identity crisis. Having only one self is restricting and can be dangerous, especially if the self is viewed as “bad” by the individual/self or others. It becomes critical, in the modernist view of self, to like oneself or else one will have to either self-hate or self-destruct....   [tags: Technological Essays]

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Desconstruction of the Moderinistic Myth in Quinn's Ishmael

- Desconstruction of the Moderinistic Myth in Ishmael When I read Daniel Quinn’s works, Ishmael, Providence, The Story of B, and My Ishmael, I find a common theme woven throughout which is to desconstruct the moderinistic myth that we are apart from nature and therefore not subject to natural law. I don’t find Quinn’s ideas to be much different from what I read into David Orr’s Earth in Mind or David Ehrenfeld’s books Beginning Again and The Arrogance of Humanism. I doubt that Quinn, as a writer, thinks for one minute that we are no different from other species who inhabit Earth....   [tags: Quinn Ishmael Essays]

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Free Billy Budd Essays: A Deconstructive Reading

- A Deconstructive Reading of Billy Budd Billy, who cannot understand ambiguity, who takes pleasant words at face value and then obliterates Claggart for suggesting that one could do otherwise, whose sudden blow is a violent denial of any discrepancy between his being and his doing, ends up radically illustrating the very discrepancy he denies. - Barbara Johnson, p. 86 With Barbara Johnson's splendid Critical Difference we are willy-nilly plunged into deconstruction. At the moment I shall not attempt to explain this radical and highly subversive critical mode, except to say that what you are about to see is an example of it....   [tags: Billy Budd Essays]

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The Discourse of Economy: Deconstructive Theory and Precapitalist Narrative

- The Discourse of Economy: Deconstructive theory and precapitalist narrative 1. Gibson and neotextual discourse If one examines deconstructive theory, one is faced with a choice: either accept precapitalist narrative or conclude that the media is fundamentally meaningless. It could be said that the subject is contextualised into a capitalist libertarianism that includes reality as a whole. Porter[1] states that we have to choose between deconstructive theory and Sartreist existentialism. "Society is a legal fiction," says Baudrillard....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Inner Smile - Deconstructing the Heterosexual Matrix

- Inner Smile - Deconstructing the Heterosexual Matrix An issue that is gaining in political and social importance is the issue of homosexuality. Reports of homosexuality and societal responses to homosexuality are brought up again and again in media coverage. These past few decades have seen a large increase in awareness of issues concerning homosexuality. Gender is intricately linked to homosexuality and numerous theorists have explored gender and sexuality under the umbrella term of Gay and Lesbian studies or Queer theory....   [tags: Research Papers Essays]

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Language Games, Writing Games - Wittgenstein and Derrida: A Comparative Study

- Language Games, Writing Games - Wittgenstein and Derrida: A Comparative Study ABSTRACT: The concept of deconstruction was first used by Derrida in transforming Heideggerian "destruction." The deconstruction of Derrida is a textintern, intertextual, in-textual activity. He plays a double game inside of philosophy, emphasizing that our thinking is embedded in metaphysics, while at the same moment he questions metaphysics. Wittgenstein's deconstruction, however, involves a new kind of reading, a Zerzettelung of the traditionally argumentative and linear thinking modes....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers]

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Postmodernism

- Postmodernism With the end of colonialism and the emergence of a seemingly new world order, there raised a demand that research be useful and relevant, indicating that knowledge for its own sake was insufficient. As a result of this, what emerged was a new focus on 'development' and 'modernization' in the form of postmodernism. In these changing times, anthropology has come into contact with a variety of evolving concepts, including hybridity, montage, fluidity, and deconstruction....   [tags: essays papers]

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Bricolage: A Woman's Use of Canonical Ideology

- Bricolage: A Woman's Use of Canonical Ideology le bricolage: travail dont la technique est improvisée, adaptée aux materiaux, aux circonstances.[1] In chapter one of The Savage Mind, Claude Leví-Strauss explains bricolage as a way of understanding the structure of mythical thought in "savage" societies. The term bricoleur can be used practically, to represent a kind of craftsman though Leví-Strauss brings the word to an analytical level, and it is with this level that we are concerned. The bricoleur's "universe of instruments is closed and the rules of his game are always to do with `whatever is at hand'"[2] so, as a craftsman, he is conservative and ecological....   [tags: Canonical Ideology Literature]

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Philosophy of Time and Media with Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty

- Philosophy of Time and Media with Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty ABSTRACT: This paper is divided into four sections. The first provides a survey of some significant developments which today determine philosophical dealings with the subject of 'time.' In the second part it is shown how the question of time and the question of media are linked with one another in the views of two contemporary philosophers: Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty. In section three, the temporal implications of cultural practices which are developing in the new medium of the Internet are analyzed, and finally, related to my main theses....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers]

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Comparing the Range of Product and Charity Advertising

- Comparing the Range of Product and Charity Advertising Usually only multi-million pound businesses advertise, because they can afford to. Companies like Coca Cola and charities like Oxfam have large budgets assigned purely to advertising. Advertising has a dichotomy, which means it has two sides. Either the promotion of a product, to increase profits or raising awareness about a charity or an issue, to increase donations or to be informative. There are many ways of advertising, such as: Television, radio, cinema, magazines, billboards, taxis, buses, underground, etc....   [tags: Papers]

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Galax Arena And The Cultural Issues

- How does cultural difference function among the peb who live in the Galax Arena. Rubinstein’s Galax-Arena (1992) is a science fiction text which shows that a barrier between cultures can be created through a fictitious scientific experiment called Project Genesis Five. Rubinstein creates cultural difference not only between members of the peb, but also between the peb and Vexa; which in turn shows the racial impacts of cross-cultural exchange. The text outlines the impacts of science on cultures, more over how science experiments can affect people; and how people who use science can create difference between and among cultures....   [tags: Gillian Rubinstein]

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A New Historical Reading of Billy Budd

- New Historicism is heavily indebted to deconstruction. One of the most brilliant readings of Billy Budd along these lines is Brook Thomas's reading in Cross Examination of Law and Literature. As its name implies, New Historicism combines an analysis of literary works with whatever historical backdrop is deemed relevant or important to our understanding. The "new" in this historicism has to do, among other things, with the recognition that history (or reality) is itself a kind of construct (or fiction, if you will, in the sense of something made rather than merely stumbled upon by humanity)....   [tags: Billy Budd Essays]

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Enormous Changes at the Last Minute: Postmodern Humanism

- "Enormous Changes at the Last Minute:" Postmodern Humanism in the Short Fiction of Grace Paley(1) On the jacket of her second book of short stories, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, Grace Paley, a feminist, postmodernist, antiwar activist, and writer, identifies herself as a "somewhat combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist." In 1979, she was arrested on the White House lawn for demonstrating against nuclear weapons, and her résumé is full of such protest-related arrests. Paley's statement in a 1998 interview with the online magazine Salon is typical: "Whatever your calling is, whether it's as a plumber or an artist, you have to make sure there's a little more justice in the wo...   [tags: Grace Paley Enormous Last Minute Essays]

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From Apocalyptic to Messianic: Philosophia Universalis

- From Apocalyptic to Messianic: Philosophia Universalis ABSTRACT: Perhaps for the first time in history, the turn of a millennium is directly reflected in philosophy-as an apocalyptic end of philosophy. Recently, an attempt to channel apocalyptic into messianic has been undertaken by Derrida in his Spectres of Marx. However, Derrida's endeavor does not relate directly to philosophy and thus does not alter its apocalyptic landscape. Considering the critical state of contemporary philosophy, it is unclear whether such an alteration can be performed in the West....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophic Essays]

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The Discourse of the Human Sciences

- ‘Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences’ (Derrida, 1978: 278 –293) may be read as the document of an event, although Derrida actually commences the essay with a reservation regarding the word “event”, as it entails a meaning “which it is precisely the function of structural – or structuralist – thought to reduce or suspect” (278). This, I infer, refers to the emphasis within structuralist discourse on the synchronous analysis of systems and relations within them, as opposed to a diachronic schemata occupied with uncovering genetic and teleological content in the transformations of history....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Image of Fire in Faulkner’s Short Stories, Barn Burning and Shingles for the Lord

- The Image of Fire in Faulkner’s Short Stories, Barn Burning and Shingles for the Lord The image of fire was very prominent in Faulkner’s short stories “Barn Burning” and “Shingles for the Lord.” Throughout the two stories, fire emerged as a destructive device. The production of fire directly or indirectly destroyed property and the image of the characters, Snopes and Pap. Fire symbolized the character’s deceitful ways and destruction of his identity in society. The fathers present in the two stories possessed deceitful natures....   [tags: Barn Burning Shingles]

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Wolff’s View on Feminine Sexuality in Chopin’s The Awakening

- Wolff’s View on Feminine Sexuality in Chopin’s The Awakening In her essay “Un-Utterable Longing: The Discourse of Feminine Sexuality in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening” Cynthia Griffin Wolff sees the lack of a language—for Edna Pontellier’s sexual desires in particular and female sexuality in general—as the main theme in Chopin’s novel. She particularly looks at how issues of sexuality remain unsaid in the novel, or how they are expressed in a different way, because of the lack of a language of feminine sexuality....   [tags: Chopin Awakening]

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Carl Sagan And Swifts "A Modest Proposal"

- "Carl Sagan would be pleased. It is his The Demon-Haunted World that opens with a story concerning a taxi driver: The driver, once realizing it is Carl Sagan, “that scientist guy,” in his cab’s backseat, proceeds to bombard Sagan with questions about truly scientific issues in the vein of “channeling,” “Nostradamus, astrology, the shroud of Turin.” And the driver presents each of these subjects “with a buoyant enthusiasm.” Yet Sagan disappoints him. With a list of facts, Sagan tells the man why there is a 99% chance each of his pseudoscientific theses are not true or why sometimes there is just a much simpler explanation which Occam’s Razor dictates we take....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Engaging Modernity 101

- Engaging Modernity 101 Let’s start at the very beginning, which is a very good place to start, which for Eliot is his end and for Ashbery is his fading, for Jameson the end began when he wouldn’t stop pontificating on being, for Harvey the beginning and the end circulate around his architectural trends and socio-economic theories that keep him grounded but far from living. Joke—Three men (yes, no women) walk into a bar. The first man calls himself DJ T.S.; he spins at local, Wednesday night religious gatherings....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded - Sexuality and the Morally Didactic Novel

- Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded - Sexuality and the Morally Didactic Novel We have difficulties as a modern audience appreciating the social anxieties reflected in Pamela, especially those surrounding morality and valuation of individuals within the social framework. The radical stance of even using phrases such as virtue and 'fortune' to denote Pamela's virginity are themselves loaded with a questioning of the social stratification in which she resides. The term 'Fortune' is perhaps the most playful but problematic....   [tags: Pamela Virtue Rewarded Essays]

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The White Male Fantasy of Total Recall

- The White Male Fantasy of Total Recall      After saving the planet from a ruthless dictator and barely avoiding death on the hills of Mars, Douglas Quaid (Schwarzenegger) puts a final spin on Total Recall with his final lines: "I just had a terrible thought. What if this is all a dream?" This last statement by Quaid leaves the audience pondering the question of reality, wondering what truly was 'real.' By the end of the film, one could easily argue a whole realm of possibilities: The events were all real; they were all a dream; they were the Recall implant fantasy played out; or they were the Recall fantasy gone haywire....   [tags: Total Recall Essays]

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The Opening and Closing scenes in Shakespeare's Tempest

- The Opening and Closing scenes in Shakespeare's Tempest       The opening and closing scenes in William Shakespeare's The Tempest are crucial to the significance of the play as a whole. Through the deconstruction of the court system in the tumultuous opening scene, and its eventual superior reconstruction in the closing scene, Shakespeare is able to better develop and display inherent character traits in the major roles.     Shakespeare immediately throws the audience into a court that is not unified and strictly divided by political strife, as were the courts of his day....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Melville's Moby Dick: Defining Violence in Literature

- Melville's Moby Dick: Defining Violence in Literature Two stories were recently told to me, independently of one another, and although I was struck by each, it was a third story that emerged from the collision of the first two that most challenged me. The first story is about the violence of literature: "That's my current definition of literature: a cataclysmic event, one that disrupts what we think we so-settle-edly-know..." (Dalke). The second story is a definition of violence that I heard used in the context of a conversation about racism....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays]

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Victimization of Women in a Male Dominated and Male Defined World

- The brutality and ruthless insidiousness of the male dominated scientific regime can be seen in stark silhouette when one comes to understand how even theories constructed for no purpose other than to entrench male privilege and power fall victim to the ram-rod assault of Linear Progress. For example, the belief that the entire human organism in miniature form -- the homunculus -- was contained in the spermatozoa, was predicated on the assumption that the male is normative and active -- ejaculating its will and its likeness out into a passive female world....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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Art - A Culturally Constructed Myth

- Art - A Culturally Constructed Myth The development of semiotics in the 20th century revealed much about ideology in mass culture. Structuralist Roland Barthes' texts on the matter are very much products of their times, yet many still have a troubling modern-day relevance. Barthes' Mythologies demonstrates the possibilty to find meaning through the 'trivia' of everyday life. He claims to want to challenge the 'innoncence' and 'naturalness' of cultural texts and practices, as they are capable of producing a multitude of supplementary meanings, or 'connotations'....   [tags: American Culture Essays]

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Earworm

- Earworm: The Song That Won't Leave Your Head I woke up and I was mortified. It was the first thing in my mind when I opened my eyes and I just could not believe this silly little thing had become as involuntary as breathing. I tried another song, but it would come back without me realizing it. I walked to work and it came with me, I sat in class and it spoke louder that my professor's voice, I even took a nap and it kept me awake. I had a stupid song stuck in my head and it wouldn't go away. What is it that happens in the brain that causes this annoyance to go on for days....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]

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Metaphysical Realism and Matilal’s Theories on the Connection Between Words and Things

- Metaphysical Realism and Matilal’s Theories on the Connection Between Words and Things ABSTRACT: The vexed issue of the precise connection between words and things (or objects) has been a major preoccupation over the centuries summoning the resources of metaphysics, philosophy of language, linguistics, ontology and increasingly semiological analysis. Philosophy in India produced a number of different and often conflicting solutions, only to be rivalled by an equally bewildering variety witnessed in the ancient and modern West....   [tags: Philosophy]

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The Path to Knowledge

- The Path to Knowledge Recent ethnographies suggest that tribal cosmologies address topics of philosophical relevance and offer valuable insights into the nature of perennial philosophical problems. For example, while postmodern and feminist thought has argued that the verification of knowledge is directly related to political interests, I argue that there are other vantage points not related to such interests that serve as valuable measures for the acceptance of knowledge. Direct empirical verification of the ontological presuppositions that govern the assessment of anthropos in the context sub species aeternitatis empowers an individual to understand his or her role within culture as well....   [tags: Philosophy Papers]

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Classical Greek Philosophical Paideia in Light of the Postmodern Occidentalism of Jacques Derrida

- Classical Greek Philosophical Paideia in Light of the Postmodern Occidentalism of Jacques Derrida ABSTRACT: In his writings during the 60s and 70s, Derrida situates his doctrine of différance in the context of a radical critique of the Western philosophical tradition. This critique rests on a scathing criticism of the tradition as logocentric/phallogocentric. Often speaking in a postured, Übermenschean manner, Derrida claimed that his 'new' aporetic philosophy of différance would help bring about the clôture of the Western legacy of logocentrism and phallogocentrism....   [tags: Philosophy]

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The Concept of Transcendence in Heidegger

- The Concept of Transcendence in Heidegger ABSTRACT: The history of Heideggerian commentaries confront us with a string of parallel concepts: metaphysics and theology, onto-theology and Christian theology, thought and faith, Being and God, and so on. It should also be noted that these different dual concepts have served, in various ways, several strategies for the interpretation of Heidegger. These various strategies are summarized as follows: the relation between philosophy and theology in the thought of Heidegger is threefold and should be read to the rhythm of his thinking according to the themes of facticity and transcendence....   [tags: God Religion Theology Essays]

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Historical Types of Rationality

- ABSTRACT: In this paper we suggest that the contemporary global intellectual crisis of our (Western) civilization consists in the fundamental transformation of the classical (both Ancient and Modern) types of rationality towards the nonclassical one. We give a brief account of those classical types of rationality and focus on the more detailed description of the contemporary process of the formation of the new HTR which we label as nonclassical. We consider it to be one of the historical possibilities that might radically transform the fundamentals of our human world; in fact, this process has already begun....   [tags: Culture History Essays]

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The Incompatibility of Copyright and Author

- The Incompatibility of Copyright and Author Like the book, a song's qualities change as it is presented on the Internet -- instead of being a tangible object, in cyberspace the song is much like McLuhan's electric light. Part of what helped recorded music parallel the book was the shared tangibility of their formats; compact discs, like bound books, can be held in hand. Without a tangible object to attach the concept of copyright, music becomes pure content, and shapeless, difficult to control....   [tags: Internet Laws Essays]

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Visuality, Readability, and Materiality

- My intention here is to acknowledge two problems that I believe all scholars of "the visible" will encounter at some point in their work. Both showed up early in my research on commemorative artworks, but I suspect that they crash everyone's party at some point. I have no "solution" to these problems, but I believe they should, actually must, be addressed in work on visual rhetoric. The first, "readability," is both a practical and theoretical problem having to do with the possibilities of interpretation in visual culture....   [tags: Visual Rhetoric Essays]

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Lunatics Taking Over the Asylum: Cultural Chaos in 1960s America

- Lunatics Taking Over the Asylum: Cultural Chaos in 1960s America All You Need Is Hate If life in the 1960s was a collective journey to the Underworld, then it is terrifying to notice how many of us have failed to come back. (Marshall Berman, The Sixties) The 1960s formed one of the most culturally complex periods in America’s history, and the analysis of this era is just as problematic. During this time, American society experienced an outpouring of filmic, literary and musical texts that challenged traditional institutions such as the Christian church, the government and the family unit....   [tags: essays papers]

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Alain Robbe-Grillet and The Secret Room

- Alain Robbe-Grillet and The Secret Room On page 2032 of the class’s anthology, there is a work by Alain Robbe-Grillet entitled “The Secret Room”. What interests me about this work is that I thought that this topic or story is deep and hard to get the idea. So, I wanted to know about Alain Robbe-Grillet and wanted to get the idea. In this connection, the question that I want to research is who Alain Robbe-Grillet is and what is this story about. First of all, Robbe-grillet, he was born in Brittany, France, where was the place for scientists and engineers....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Joseph Contrad's Heart of Darkness

- “The Horror. The Horror!'; Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness'; is not just a suspenseful tale of a man’s journey to one of the Earth’s few remaining frontiers, the African Congo; it is a psychological insight into the true pits of the human mind, in search of the true “heart of darkness';, which resides not geographically, but is a part of all of us, living under the restraints of society and civilization. Conrad explores the idea that under the taboos and societal mandates, there is a potential for actions and beliefs that are shocking to the common individual....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Tragedy of the Jim Crow Laws

- Jim Crow laws are about power. Power of one race over another. These laws really highlight the flaws and weakness of human nature. One group of people asserting power over another for the pride and vanity of a system of politics that had been defeated at the cost of thousands of American lives during the civil war. The term "Jim Crow" has its origins of interest also. The interpretation was intended to ridicule the African American by white American's in the position of power. The Jim Crow laws were initiated after the civil war during the deconstruction of the new south and they help to create a racial caste system in the American South....   [tags: Jim Crow Laws Essays]

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Pretextual Discourses: Constructivism In The Works Of Spelling

- Pretextual Discourses: Constructivism in the works of Spelling 1. Spelling and Derridaist reading "Society is fundamentally meaningless," says Sartre. Many narratives concerning the role of the participant as poet may be discovered. But Foucault uses the term 'constructivism' to denote the futility, and some would say the failure, of dialectic art. The subject is contextualised into a postcapitalist textual theory that includes culture as a paradox. However, Sartre's analysis of constructivism implies that class has significance....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Objectivism

- Socialist realism and neoconstructivist objectivism 1. Socialist realism and the cultural paradigm of expression If one examines the cultural paradigm of expression, one is faced with a choice: either accept predialectic cultural theory or conclude that the goal of the poet is significant form. However, in Clerks, Smith reiterates neoconstructivist objectivism; in Chasing Amy he deconstructs the cultural paradigm of expression. The subject is contextualised into a socialist realism that includes narrativity as a whole....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Unknown

- With the naming of Lou Gerstner as its new CEO (and the retirement of John Akers on May 7), IBM now has a chance to change both its own organizational structure and goals and, at the same time, the future shape of the computer industry. Nearly every computer publication has polled its readers asking such questions as "Do you think IBM can succeed at changing, Do you think Lou Gerstner is the right man to lead a turnaround at IBM," and "Do you care?" Reactions to such early pulse taking are mixed....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Age of the Internet

- The Age of the Internet What is it that defines me. What makes me 'me' and what allows for the recognition that distinguishes 'me' from other individuals. A child begins to distinguish itself from its mother over time and distance, and so the individual also develops a unique identity as a result, or by-product of, their accumulated experience and analysis of experience - it's an exponential activity. When reflecting upon Turkle's article, it seems the search for definitive and distinguished identity has somehow trained us to transfer this quest onto inanimate objects....   [tags: Papers]

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Deconstruction of the Theory of White Supremacy in Uncle Tom's Cabin

- Deconstruction of the Theory of White Supremacy in Uncle Tom's Cabin In the novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe unmasks the unjust and unfair treatment of blacks by whites during the time in which she lived. Stowe goes on to criticize American slave owners for their irrational justifications of slavery. They use racial superiority and sub-human categorization of blacks as means of justifying slavery. She deconstructs the theory of white supremacy in her emotional and thought provoking novel....   [tags: Uncle Tom's Cabin Essays]

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"The Raven" - a Critical Deconstruction

- Edgar Allen Poe's journey into the realm of death, fear and the macabre, "The Raven" is an exploration into the loneliness and despair associated with the loss of a loved one. Through the clever use of rhyme, meter, imagery, symbolism and word choice, Poe catapults us into a world of sinister images, morbid predilections and unearthly machinations. We are, at once, submerged in the pulsing, driving force of supernatural fear as only Poe is able to create. And with every use of the haunting refrain "Nevermore," upon which the chilling cadence of this poem is built, Poe transforms a story steeped in remorse and sorrow into a tale of preternatural mystery and suspense....   [tags: Poetry]

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Deconstructing Henry James' The Turn of the Screw

- Deconstructing Henry James's The Turn of the Screw To those readers uninitiated to the infinite guises of critical literary theory, Henry James's The Turn of the Screw might be interpreted as a textbook case of an anxiety-ridden Governess fleeing an unpromising reality and running right into the vaporous arms of her imaginary ghosts. But to the seriously literate, the text is more than the story does or does not tell; it can be read in light of many - not just one - literary theories....   [tags: James Turn of the Screw Essays]

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Deconstructing the clock

- Summary Ever since the dawn of civilization we have observed time by its natural occurrence and we also relied on man made primitive tools to measure time. In the beginning, time has always been a natural event, for example, sunrise to sunset but men’s earlier primitive tools to measure time were inaccurate and were only an approximate indicator, hence often unreliable such as the hour glass. We became enslaved by the concept of time; our society is controlled by this mechanical device which dictates our schedule accordingly....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Deconstructionist Critique of Chopin’s The Awakening

- A Deconstructionist Critique of Chopin’s The Awakening The multiplicity of meanings and (re)interpretations informing critical studies of The Awakening reveal a novel ripe for deconstructionist critique. Just as Chopin evokes an image of the sea as symbolic of Edna’s shifting consciousness (“never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander in abysses of solitude,”138), likewise the deconstructionist reading of a text emphasizes fluidity over structure: “A text consists of words inscribed in and inextricable from the myriad discourses that inform it; from the point of view of deconstruction, the boundaries between any given text and that larger text we call langua...   [tags: Chopin Awakening]

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Notes on Auteurism

- Notes on Auteurism The traditional model of an Auteur could be seen as a director that takes the script, and "transforms it into an original piece of work ". This may seem a rather ambiguous definition, but all that is needed to make clear what the practice of auteurism is, is one piece of work that fits the definition perfectly. Robert Altman’s Popeye is just that. Altman took an institution, that of Popeye, a classic American icon, and wrote it to fit it to his traditional thematic concerns....   [tags: Papers]

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Open Boat

- "The Open Boat," by Stephen Crane, has been critiqued and deconstructed by many thinkers. One such critique is "The Dialogic Narrative of `The Open Boat'." This critique on Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat," was written by two authors: Sura P. Rath and Mary Neff Shaw. The authors focused on a five main points in the duration of this Critique. First Mikail Baktin's theory of the "Five basic types of discourses," are discussed and used in the deconstruction of "The Open Boat." The critique then delves into the use of first-person actor-character to third person spectator-narrator....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Medieval Ages

- The Medieval Ages The Medieval Ages that descended upon the Europeans following the deconstruction and devolution of the formerly grand institutions of the Roman Empire left a world darkened to the eyes of history. The world lost touch with simple concepts to a modern history student of writing, economy, culture, and government—the mainstay of that which we cannot see ourselves without—civilization. What was left of Europe was a state of chaos. In all other periods of human history I have studied there were similarities among them from which I could draw conclusions upon the condition of the respective times....   [tags: Papers]

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Same Shirt, Same Humans

- The shirt reconstructed from new material is not the same shirt bought at the store. In the beginning when a thread is removed and placed in a bag, the original shirt is now in two places. The majority of the shirt is still intact and the thread from the same shirt is in the bag so on and so forth. The same things happen when you brush your hand against the shirt and deposit your skin cells to the shirt and particles of the shirt slough off. Your skin cells do not make up the shirt. Which begs the question did you buy other peoples skin cells....   [tags: environmental and social analysis]

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Zadie Smith's White Teeth

- Zadie Smith's White Teeth Zadie Smith’s novel, White Teeth, is chock full of potential deconstruction ideas; however, an exciting scene to deconstruct is in “The Final Space” chapter when the Iqbals and the Jones are on the public bus heading towards the FutureMouse exhibit. The most obvious binary opposite is that of parent or adult and child. Adults are without doubt the privileged binary. They signify knowledge, wisdom, teaching, and training of young ones along with patience and selflessness, and are allowed to use bad words without penalty....   [tags: Zadie Smith White Teeth Essays]

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Reconstruction or Deconstruction

- Reconstruction or Deconstruction Following The War for Southern Independence the radical Republicans of the North took unjust measures over the conquered and impoverished social structure, economy and governments of the defeated southern states. In fact, the whole idea of "reconstruction" was in fact "deconstruction". Reconstruction was not to "heal the nation's wounds," or to economically revitalize the South (which it did not). Indeed, Reconstruction was economically destructive to the South....   [tags: American America History]

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The Deconstruction Of The Sphinx

- they had a video crew to capture moments because she wanted the world to know about this event. Walker has plenty of footage of people acting inappropriately. She saw lots of people taking vulgar selfies and she likes to think that having people see her work people will realize how unsettling human behavior is. The environment that surrounded this piece was positive. It is considered unusual to see large groups and families attending an exhibit of this sort. The deconstruction of the sphinx transpired in a one week period....   [tags: Art, Arts, Art world, The Work]

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The Literary Theory Of Deconstruction

- The literary theory of deconstruction, derived from the the poststructuralist movement, asserted that structuralist theory that language shapes our world consequently meant that “we enter a universe of radical uncertainty, since we can have no access to a landmark”Barry. If language had no shape, there is no need for a reliable narrator to tell a story and why an unreliable narrator cannot. The unreliable narrative structure, is simply a fixed piece of the story, there are themes, motifs and allegories involved in the piece as well....   [tags: Narrative, Narratology, Narrator, Structuralism]

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The Use of Deconstruction in Public Policy Formation

- Deconstruction is a poststructural theory that has been applied with good results to such areas as Anthropology, Architecture, Critical Legal Studies, Graphic Design, and Literary Criticism. Our purpose is to introduce it into the practice of consulting in general, and public policy formation in particular. Several features of the recent work of Jacques Derrida (the Philosopher responsible for deconstruction) are relevant to our design of a Problem Tour. Problem A deconstructive approach to problem solving puts in question the concept of "problem" and the notion of "solution." "Problema can signify projection or protection, that which one poses or throws in front of oneself, either as the...   [tags: Problem Solving Jacques Derrida]

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A Deconstruction of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

- A Deconstruction of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty     In the short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” we see the main character as a rejected misfit in society.  He is often unaware of the world around him and reacts in what others would call a negative way to those situations he actually responds to.  However, close examination of the text used by James Thurber to portray him prompts a need to deconstruct the character Walter Mitty.  In doing so, we find that, far from being a misfit, he is actually the one member of society that is truly sound....   [tags: Secret Life of Walter Mitty Essays]

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National Deconstruction: Violence, Identity and Justice in Bosnia

- David Campbell’s book National Deconstruction: Violence, Identity and Justice in Bosnia is concerned with the conflict in Bosnia, and how constructions of identity affected the reporting and resolution of conflict. The idea of National Deconstruction here not only refers to the deconstruction of Yugoslavia as a state, but primarily to deconstruction: the philosophical school of thought, originally described by Derrida. Campbell applies deconstruction to identity politics, whereby thinking in this way is to see identity as being ‘the effect of a contingent set of relations’ [20]....   [tags: David Campbell, Literay Analysis]

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Symbolic Deconstruction in Thos Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49

- Symbolic Deconstruction in The Crying of Lot 49      The paths leading toward knowledge (of self, of others, of the world around us) are circuitous. Thomas Pynchon, in his novel The Crying of Lot 49, seems to attempt to lead the reader down several of these paths simultaneously in order to illustrate this point. Our reliance on symbols as efficient translators of complex notions is called into question. Beginning with the choice of symbolic or pseudo-symbolic name, Oedipa Maas, for the central character of his novel, Pynchon expands his own investigation of symbol as Oedipa also attempts to unravel the mysteries surrounding the muted horn of the Tristero....   [tags: Crying Lot 49 Essays]

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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

- Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis is a short story written during the nineteenth century that took place during the Modernist Era. The novella was not meant to be published because Franz Kafka specifically told his close friend that he wants his work to be burned. When Kafka suffered from tuberculosis and passed away, his close friend, Max Brod reviewed his work. He thought Kafka's work was brilliant and decided to published his work. Gregor Samsa’s transformation into a vermin has shown the lost of humanity in which it will show the similarity between the main character and the narrator as well as the impact Gregor Samsa’s loved ones have on him....   [tags: modernist era, gregor, deconstruction]

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Hester's Deconstruction of Puritan Ideals in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

- The Scarlet Letter - Hester's  Deconstruction of Puritan Ideals     Hester, the protagonist in Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter, effectively challenges the efforts of the Puritan theocracy to define her, and at the same time, contain the threat she poses to the social order.   Throughout the novel Hester bears the mark of an "A" embroidered on her chest which was originally intended to label her as a social outcast, more specifically an adulteress to the rest of society. She wears the "A" for many years after she bears her "illegitimate" child with virtually no objection....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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`` Somebody Blew Up America ``, And The Deconstruction Of Post 9 / 11 Movements

- 4. Social movements throughout United States history have faced general opposition from the government, along with the white population. Restricting movements suppresses minorities and continues to widen the value gap between white people and minorities. Two well known examples of this is the deconstruction of the Black Panther party, which sought equality for all minorities and ultimately was suppressed by FBI programs that targeted key leaders of the movement, including the now murdered Fred Hampton (Black Panther Film), and the deconstruction of post 9/11 movements, such as the criminalization of Amiri Baraka and his poem, “Somebody Blew Up America”, which was critical of the government f...   [tags: Immigration to the United States, United States]

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Lifting the Veil: The Deconstruction of Gender and Sexuality within Relationships in Pride and Prejudice

- Pride and Prejudice is about a strong, nature-loving woman named Elizabeth Bennet whose relationship with Fitzwilliam Darcy, her equal, is challenged by her prejudices towards him and societal prejudices towards their relationship due to their differences in economic class. In the Victorian era, gender roles were presumed. A man was assumed to be strong, intelligent, reasonable, aggressive, while a woman was assumed to be emotional, timid, and weak. This essay will explore the deconstruction of gender stereotypes, which are defined as: “… the psychological traits and characteristics of, as well as the activities appropriate to, men or women” (Brannon) in Pride and Prejudice....   [tags: Literary Analysis, argumentative, persuasive]

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Construction In The Construction Industry

- Buildings and construction industry plays a vital role in improving the population’s quality of life and in meeting the requirements and needs of the society in question. However, there is a need to outline certain guidelines in order to ensure that construction projects meet the appropriate environmental policies. Currently, increasing importance is also being placed on ensuring good environmental practice through reducing material waste. In order to implement these changes, thorough understanding of the construction market is a key step in improving its processes, as the major part of the construction industry is the building market....   [tags: Construction, Deconstruction, Natural building]

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Deconstructing the Map: The JB Harley Theory

- Historical geographer JB Harley wrote an essay on Map Deconstruction in 1989, in which Harley argues that a map is more than just a geographical representation of an area, his theory is that we need to look at a map not just as a geographical image but in its entire context. Harley points out that by an examination of the social structures that have influenced map making, that we may gain more knowledge about the world. The maps social construction is made from debate about what it should show....   [tags: Rules, Ethnicity]

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Review Of ' Deconstructing The Mirror 's Reflection '

- Reading and evaluating research articles is a tool that will play a role in the success of a clinician. Continual education in addition keeping abreast of current research and trends in one’s field through professional journals, will allow for the innovation of new therapeutic approaches. “Those who write research articles present their research in a very systematic way” (Hudson-Barr, 2004, p. 70). Having an understanding of how the research material is to be properly presented will allow for a greater comprehension and implementation of the results....   [tags: Research, Scientific method, Narratology]

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Media Literacy Art Education : Deconstructing Lesbian And Gay

- 15) Sheng Kuan, C. (2007). Media Literacy Art Education: Deconstructing Lesbian and Gay Stereotypes in the Media. International Journal Of Art & Design Education, 26(1), 98- 107. Popular media is the dominate source through which people, especially children, learn about others and the world. It influences the development of attitudes, beliefs, and their sense of identity. In American, popular media such as television, reflects and creates cultural expression as well as political, economic, and social realties....   [tags: Sexual orientation, Homosexuality, Bisexuality]

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Gender Roles in Today’s Media: Deconstructing Barbie Disproportion

- For my final media report I chose to talk about the identity between men and women in today’s media; specifically African Americans. I have chosen to speak directly on how women are exploited in advertisements and the music industry itself and how men are looked at as the ones who hold power. My questions for my research that I wanted to further answer were what does the actual woman look like in the eyes of the media. Does this affect women in the real world. Why is it that the smallest things have the biggest impact....   [tags: body image, women, advertisement]

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Masculinity, By Michael Kimmel, And `` Boys Will Be Boys : Deconstructing Masculinity And Manhood At Dartmouth

- In the United States, there are many problems that stem from one seemingly small problem; masculinity. In our country, and many others, men are expected to behave a certain way or they are considered invalid to their gender. The reason masculinity is toxic is because it leads to higher levels of violence and sexual assault. As a society, we need to redefine what masculinity means and how we can change it so it will be a positive thing in our country opposed to a negative thing. Michael Kimmel is a renowned sociologist who is knowledgeable in gender studies....   [tags: Gender, Masculinity, Man, Femininity]

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Hamlet using a deconstructive and Marxist view

- Hamlet by William Shakespeare is one of the most complex plays in the English language. By approaching Hamlet from different perspectives, one can come to realize the subtle meanings interworked with this entertaining play. Two such perspectives are the Marxist view and the deconstructionist view. Marxism refers to the plays social impact and ability to undercut the foundations of government; deconstructionism attempts to show the inability of language to support the intricacies of human life. Hamlet is the tale of Denmark’s royalty and the “tragedy” that struck the Prince of Denmark, the play’s namesake, Hamlet....   [tags: Critical Approach, Shakespeare]

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Deconstructing Jennifer Juhler ( 9 50 ) From The Mirrors Of Privilege : Making Whiteness Visible Video

- In this critical analysis paper I will be deconstructing Jennifer Juhler (9:50) from the Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible video. Juhler describes an instance from her childhood where her best friend, a Chinese-American girl, is tormented and embarrassed by a theater teacher. In the scene Juhler’s friend, amongst others, is cast as a Pacific Islander extra. The teacher then asks her to say her lines in an accent; however, when the teacher shows her how she wants her to speak, she does so in a way that mocks her and makes her sound uneducated and silly....   [tags: Racism, Race, White people, Sociology]

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Deconstructing the Map: The Hereford World Map

- The Hereford World Map is the world’s oldest surviving map of the world; it was made in 1300, during the beginning of the Renaissance in Europe. There was a wider range of influences on mapping during the later medieval period. With an increase in exploration, Europe began to evolve into an international continent; widespread travel can be seen by the influences of the Islamic world on architecture. While map making in China had flourished in the 11th C, mapping was beginning to evolve in Europe....   [tags: Middle Ages, Encyclopedia, Insight]

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The Feminist Perspective Of Anthropology

- The feminist perspective of anthropology, as the question alludes to, has made many contributions to the world of anthropology. Including, but not limited to: the idea of ‘male bias’, the study of women, and the study of gender. Within these broad topics of feminist anthropology, further contributions can be seen, for instance the deconstruction and exploration of naturalisation and the universality of inequality. Although, ultimately it could be argued that the biggest contribution of the feminist perspective of anthropology is the existence of an alternative perspective, one that strives for a less objective reality and aims to open a dialogue enabling the exploration of a hugely diverse...   [tags: Anthropology, Sociology, Cultural anthropology]

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Political Correctness And The American Dream

- Hypothesis: This paper seeks to discover if, political correctness has introduced social deconstruction to Merton’s unifying idea of social institutions like the American Dream and if the theory’s assumptions on criminal deviance are still applicable to this new model of social discourse. Literature Review Merton (1938) described deviance in terms of goals and means as part of his strain/anomie theory (Merton, 1938). Where Durkheim states that anomie is the confounding of social norms, Merton believes that anomie is the state in which social goals and the legitimate means to achieve them do not correspond (Taylor, Walton, & Young, 1974)....   [tags: Sociology, Anomie, Criminology, Longitudinal study]

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The Wake Of The 2016 General Election

- In the wake of the 2016 general election, Michael Lind published a piece on The Smart Set entitled: Can Electoral Reform Save America. This piece centered around a single question on the ballot of a single state, question 5 in Maine, and the impact on electoral reform it could have for the country according to Lind. Using deconstruction, Lind analyzes the idea of a Ranked Choice polling system, rather than the first-past-the-post system that is currently in place in the United States. His allusions to the past as well as separate government entities globally, as well as a deconstruction of both polling systems and the impact they have (or could have) allows the reader to absorb information a...   [tags: Voting system, Voting, Plurality voting system]

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Acknowledgment Essay

- Methodology – Acknowledgment The following section defines and explains Michael J. Hyde’s concepts of acknowledgment, call of conscience, reconstruction, calculative thought, and social death. As defined by Hyde, “acknowledgment is a moral act; it functions to transform space and time, to create openings wherein people can dwell, deliberate, and know together what is right, good, just, and truthful” (Hyde, 2006, p. 7). Acknowledgment takes place when someone opens up and makes room for someone else....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Mind, Truth, Psychology, Human]

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A Scholarly Engagement With Ghosts

- Although ghosts tend to be place-bound and tied up with houses and the “homely,” they are not to be domesticated. They are uncanny because they represent the opposite of the neat and bounded safety of home. They transgress the borders of space and time, as they are not so much anachronistic, but rather, chronologically displaced, calling into question attempts at chronology and border”-enforcement in general. Derrida’s Spectres of Marx (1994) that focused on the question of time, called for a scholarly engagement with ghosts; his conception of hauntology as part and parcel of deconstruction, underlined the capacity of ghosts to disrupt linear chronology, hence, disrupting the notion of ethno...   [tags: Time, Future, Present, Jacques Derrida]

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