The substance of our very being is memory, our way of living is retaining reminders; articulating memory is our raison d’etre. The concept of ‘memory’ has often been deployed as a framework within which attention can be drawn to ‘hidden’ or ‘occluded’ aspects of the past, which are deemed of special importance to the (re)construction of identities of particular communities. Cultural memory is a concept introduced to the national academic disciplines by Jan Assmann and Aleida Assmann, who, in their seminal essay “Collective Memory and Cultural Identity” (1995) define it as “a collective concept for all knowledge that directs behaviour and experience in the interactive framework of a society and one that obtains through generations
I will take three different understandings of politics and morality as presented by Walzer and will analyze works of Machiavelli, Weber and Camus respectively. In the paper “Political Action: The Problem of Dirty Hands” Walzer argued that no one can govern innocently, however, there is a possibility to make the right political decision. This will be true from the utilitarian point of view despite the fact that politician who had done it would still be considered as guilty of a moral wrong. Moreover, it would be wrong to think that dirty hands problem is occasional and not every politician faces it. On the contrary, it has systematic and frequent character (Walzer 1973:162).
In this essay Peter Moss argues that television news are an interesting and instructive example of our current condition of culture, embracing both the modern and the post-modern. He uses textual analysis to indicate that while the methods of news presentations and the details of narrative structure may be relatively complex, many events in political and social history are theoretical with the imperatives of this medium’s entertainment principles. For mass commercial television news productions, the cultural judgments that must lie behind the selections pose cultural and social dilemmas. However Moss argues that for individual members of the audience, the surfaces of social and private life are constantly changing, and by eschewing placements
In the article “Human Memory: The Basics” written by Michael E. Martinez, The author compares human thought processes to how a computer processes information. He compares short-term memory to RAM (random access memory), which theoretically serve the same purpose, to use and store data that is relevant in the current moment. Also, he compares the hard drive of a computer to our long-term memory, which both store data that are not currently needed but will be revisited in the future. Furthermore, he explains that we have some differences that make humans more suitable for social interaction, for example, photographic memory may be looked at and praised, but according to a case the author accounted a man well known for having photographic memory
Along these lines, Denzin's perusing of Blade Runner is more like that of M.M. A. Aróstegui—an included, complex perusing that relies on upon postmodern hypothesis more as a beginning stage than an answer and offers more conceivable outcomes for activity with respect to the viewer/mediator. Aróstegui knows about both Bruno's and Denzin's mappings of the postmodern onto Blade Runner, yet she is more worried with the additional diegetic procedure of the film than she is with ramifications of the general public it depicts, investigating these suggestions by looking at its what she calls its "reluctance". "As opposed to being postmodern in stressing the look," she composes, "Edge Runner is postmodern in that
Anthropology is about imagining yourself standing virtually in the shoes of another culture. In order to keep up with the realities of technological change Boellstorff wrote, “Coming Of Age In Second Life”. By using the methods of participant observation and interviews, the anthropological study provides an ethnographic portrait of the culture of Second Life. Second life includes many subcultures that contains many mistake notions of identity and style. The author works to analyze the cultural practices and beliefs within them to display that these virtual worlds are a reflection of human lives because human lives have been “virtual” all along.
Like a jigsaw puzzle; such as an interviewer may ask a person in a crime scene to assemble pieces of memory of the traumatic event. Frederic Bartlett’s theory of reconstructive memory helps us understand the reliability of eyewitness testimony. Bartlett says that memory recall is focused to subjective interpretation reliant on our cultural norms, values and the awareness of the world we have. Memory is believed to work like a camera, we store information like the camera is recording and playing the clip back is like remembering what was recorded; in the same format it was set. Though it doesn’t work like a camera as people construct and store information in a manner that makes it understanding to them.
The effects and impacts of technology continue to be a widely debated topic within the contemporary era. Sherry Turkle makes the provocative statement at the onset of her novel entitled, “Alone Together”, that suggests technology to be “seductive when it what if offers meets our human vulnerabilities”. (2011:1). Technology can be perceived to have primarily been designed for problem solving purposes, such as serving as a medium to improve efficiency or increase the production process, however, has since evolved into a platform that affects communication in various ways, for example by either boosting or hindering the human self-esteem. Furthermore, as suggested by Turkle, technology is not considered for the advancements offered and made,
Although societies may often celebrate human technology transforming the way we live, there has been considerable controversy surrounding the particular issue of light pollution in recent years. Paul Bogard augments this debate in his piece "Let There Be Dark." and attempts build an argument to persuade his audience that natural darkness should be preserved; he does this by utilizing carefully selected diction, by employing an effective text structure, and by appealing to his audience emotionally. In order to build a persuasive argument, Bogard utilized carefully selected diction in his passage, placing emphasis on key elements of his argument. For example, as Bogard argues for the importance of darkness for stargazing, he uses "irreplaceable"
The main objectives of culture jamming often incorporates consciousness raising, the raising awareness of social and political issues, as well as using the media to criticise the media and dominate culture (O’Shaughnessy and Stadler, 2012, 214). Culture jamming, for a very long time, has been the main means of strategy to oppose and slow down what is perceived as a dehumanizing, and thus problematic, global trend. This master plan, which involves exposing what is “behind the brand” (frequently labour exploitation), is based on re-representing logos of companies that conjure the brand with new and conflicting representations (Brown, 1). Culture jamming aims to promote change by making consumers aware of the contradictions of corporations’ policies and practises as well as making them aware of their own consumer choices (Micheletti, Stolle, Follesdal, 2006, 136). It does so in a humorous way with the intention of provoking a positive reaction rather than a negative one.