Plan for the Evening
- Discuss American’s Perceptions of Congress
- Next Week’s Scary Halloween Quiz
- Ch. 7: Issues of Subjectivity and Identity
- Ch. 8: Ethnicity, Race and Nation
- Prose Revisions
- Webpage on Identity
Discuss American’s Perceptions of Congress
I want you to look at “empirical” evidence of what the culture assumes. Of course, this isn’t an enumeration of all people in the US or demographic responses, but we can trust it’s representative. What do we make of the following Gallup Poll results?
- 29% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Federal Government and 55% have an unfavorable one
- Americans Overwhelmingly Disapprove of Congress Today
- The More You Know about Congress, The Worse You Rate It
Ch. 7: Issues of Subjectivity and Identity
This chapter and Ch. 8 are more media discussions than rhetoric of technology discussion. Instead of going line by line (and there is quite a bit that’s repeated from other chapters), I want us to focus on how we can identify how to read these chapters in the context of technologies and sciences.
Areas to Cover
- p. 260: Subjectivity: the condition of being a person and the processes by which we become a person
Self-identity: the conceptions we hold about ourselves and our emotional identification with those self-descriptions
Social identity: the expectations and opinions that others have of us
- p. 261: essentialism and anti-essentialism
- p. 262: From Giddens: “‘Self-identity is not a distinctive trait, or even a collection of, traits, possessed by the individual. It is the self as reflexively understood by the person in terms of her or his biography.'”
- How do we access our biographies?
- p. 263: Sorry Descartes, we think because language supersedes us, and we’re socialized into using it to create narratives.
- p. 264: Economics and Rational Decisions
- p. 264: We make history under the current social conditions
- Let’s consider the technologies of our current social conditions
- p. 270: “The body is the site of disciplinary practices which bring subjects into being, these practices being the consequences of specific historical discourses of crime, punishment, medicine, science, sexuality, and so forth. Hence power is generative; it is productive of subjectivity.”
- p. 275: Sites of Interaction and Posthumanism
Depending on the time, we’re either going to go on break or you’re going to jump to the webpage task below on identity, specifically, the science and technology of identity. If technologies can have politics, can they also have gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, etc.?
Ch. 8: Ethnicity, Race and Nation
Instead of re-writing the chapter, let’s go directly to technologies that reflect culturally embedded racism.
- Colonial consumer goods: Pears Soap vs Dove Soap
- Whitewashing Models: Advertising, Deddeh Howard
- “He’s got an Interstate running through his front yard” –John Cougar Mellencamp
Webpage on Identity