Tonight we have the following fun things to go over:
Before we get ahead of ourselves, we need to consider the difficulty in defining cultural studies. Much like postmodernism and postructuralism, cultural studies has no definitive definition. This is a strength, however, of the concept and not a failure. Forcing our discussion into a prescribed, truth would be antithetical to the theories creating meaning for cultural studies.
Ch. 1: Introduction to Cultural Studies
I want to make sure you’re able to pick out quotations and draw our attention to specific areas of the reading, so I’m going to not have specifics on today’s page. What did you find interesting? What questions do you have?
- p. 5: “Concepts are tools for thinking and acting in the world.”
- p. 7: “Cultural studies…examine[s] the relations of culture and power.”
- p. 13: polysemy of texts
- p. 23: social conventions and truth
- p. 31: “culture is understood to be a facet of place.”
- But then there’s globalization…
- p. 33: What are the attributes of a liberal democracy?
Freewrite on “Rhetoric”
What is rhetoric? For the next 5 min, please freewrite. Consider popular and academic definitions you’ve encountered. There’s no right or wrong here.
Ch. 2: Questions of Culture and Ideology
Let’s start with Marxism and see where we can go from there.
Maintain a Webpage all Semester
You may use whatever web development software you want. If you choose Dreamweaver, learning it is up to you–you decide if you need the book or not–but I want to make sure all of you have a webpage. Open up a browser and check out your webpage:
If you don’t have your page saved as index.htm or index.html, you’ll have to provide the filename for your homepage as well.
This website is supposed to be an ongoing project. If you’re not sure or confused how to do something, that’s ok–you’re here to explore the software. Be creative with this website. Come up with what you’d like to showcase, and then do it over the course of the semester. Please don’t make this facebook-ish; instead, make it professional. What does that mean?
I used to ask students to create a weekly updates webpage, but that’s lost its value. Instead, have the following on your website.
- Add a link to our class homepage
- Add a link to your department’s homepage
- Add a link to UNC Charlotte’s homepage
- Add a link to a classmate’s page
Throughout the semester, I’ll ask you to ad specific things to your website. Don’t worry, they won’t be difficult. Also, consider adding personal links or professional links that you want. Perhaps you could add a link to pictures of your babies
Please Read Barker & Jane Ch. 3 for next week’s class. Anything we missed tonight we’ll cover next week. Ch. 3 is around 40 pages, so consider getting ahead on reading or your first assignment–Technology and You, a reflective essay. Of course, do your Canvas prompt before Thursday at 5:00 pm.