Composing Culture:

We start with the ordinary.


Nov 17 2012
Now that’s style: a 72-year-old grandpa modeling for his granddaughter’s clothing company. More here.

Now that’s style: a 72-year-old grandpa modeling for his granddaughter’s clothing company. More here.

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style / unit five /
Nov 12 2012

Ariel Levy on Female Chauvinist Pigs. You can find parts two and three of the interview here and here.

1 note  /  

body / body image / unit five / style / sexuality / sex / feminism /
Nov 07 2012
Spotted this afternoon on my way through town after class: the elusive Pocatello Hipster in his natural habitat (Instagram, of course).

Spotted this afternoon on my way through town after class: the elusive Pocatello Hipster in his natural habitat (Instagram, of course).

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hipster / unit five / style / i'm not too cool to Instagram /
Nov 02 2012

Ah, Fotoshop by Adobé: just what the beauty industry ordered.

(Source: youtu.be)

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body image / body / advertising / spoof / unit four / images /
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Move along, folks: no discrepancy between gender roles here.

Move along, folks: no discrepancy between gender roles here.

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body / body image / advertising / halloween costumes / gender roles / images / unit four /
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Truth in advertising?

(Source: adbusters.org)

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adbusters / body image / body / images / unit four / advertising /
Oct 31 2012

The Rhetoric of Terror (It is Halloween, after all)

There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.

–Alfred Hitchcock

All terror is “rhetorical”, for terror tries to be persuasive. It tries to convince a public to think and feel one thing rather than another. But surrounding the rhetoric of terror comes another rhetoric: a rhetoric of response, of process, elaboration and reaction.

–Robert Appelbaum: http://bit.ly/vIUq22

I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out. I’m not proud.

–Stephen King

The 3 types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it’s when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it’s when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there’s nothing there…

–Stephen King

According to Aristotle, pity and fear are the natural human response to spectacles of pain and suffering—-especially to the sort of suffering that can strike anybody at any time. Aristotle goes on to say that tragedy effects “the catharsis of these emotions”—-in effect arrousing pity and fear only to purge them, as when we exit a scary movie feeling relieved or exhilarated.

–David L. Simpson: http://bit.ly/u1kbtc

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Oct 12 2012
The Midterm Conference Down-Low (Or, You all ready for this?)

I’ve put together a sign-up sheet for midterm revision conferences. Here’s a link to the document. It includes the names of everyone in the class (in the slots you signed up for this morning), except for five of you. If you missed class today, your name won’t be on there, but here’s the thing: there are five open slots available and they’re just waiting to be filled. Sweet, right? So review the sheet, choose an open slot (the open ones are the only ones you’re allowed to edit, btw), click on it, and fill it with your name—-and the sooner the better. Then you’ll be all set to participate in the midterm revision conferences next week. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

As for preparing for the midterm conferences, here’s the process I’d like you to follow:
Post your essay to your blog by midnight Saturday (10/13).
Print out two copies of this feedback guidelines document.
Read the essays posted by the other students in your conference group (this means you’ll be reading only two other essays) and use the feedback guidelines in the aforementioned document to comment on those essays. Answer each numbered question on the guidelines document itself or on another sheet of paper.
Bring the sheets on which you’ve written your feedback to your midterm conference. We’ll be using these to workshop your group’s essays together.
Plan to arrive at your conference on time and to attend for the entire 20 minute session. This is the only time you’ll need to attend class next week.And I think that’s about the size of it. Let me know if you have questions, concerns, etc.: my inbox is always open.

The Midterm Conference Down-Low (Or, You all ready for this?)

I’ve put together a sign-up sheet for midterm revision conferences. Here’s a link to the document. It includes the names of everyone in the class (in the slots you signed up for this morning), except for five of you. If you missed class today, your name won’t be on there, but here’s the thing: there are five open slots available and they’re just waiting to be filled. Sweet, right? So review the sheet, choose an open slot (the open ones are the only ones you’re allowed to edit, btw), click on it, and fill it with your name—-and the sooner the better. Then you’ll be all set to participate in the midterm revision conferences next week. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

As for preparing for the midterm conferences, here’s the process I’d like you to follow:

  • Post your essay to your blog by midnight Saturday (10/13).
  • Print out two copies of this feedback guidelines document.
  • Read the essays posted by the other students in your conference group (this means you’ll be reading only two other essays) and use the feedback guidelines in the aforementioned document to comment on those essays. Answer each numbered question on the guidelines document itself or on another sheet of paper.
  • Bring the sheets on which you’ve written your feedback to your midterm conference. We’ll be using these to workshop your group’s essays together.
  • Plan to arrive at your conference on time and to attend for the entire 20 minute session. This is the only time you’ll need to attend class next week.

And I think that’s about the size of it. Let me know if you have questions, concerns, etc.: my inbox is always open.

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midterms / writing / essays / updates / sign-up / feedback guidelines /
Oct 10 2012

Joss Whedon meets Christopher Nolan. Well, sort of.

(Source: youtu.be)

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Christopher Nolan / Firefly / Inception / Joss Whedon / fandom / storytelling / unit three / TC geeks out /
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And some Firefly for good measure.

(Source: youtu.be)

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Firefly / fandom / Joss Whedon / curse you Fox! / Serenity / TC geeks out / storytelling / unit three /
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