Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I talked in class about doing something with symbols in the final paper. After some thought I want to elaborate on how symbols on a greater scale affect movements in society and how removing these symbols removes the effect from society, at least at some level, also I want to go into how many different symbols have many different meanings that we don't necessarily associate with them. The biggest example i can think of off the top of my head is that of the swastika during world war II and how we now perceive it as a huge negative symbol even though initially it was just a symbol of good fortune. Also I would like to touch on modern use of symbols such as fast-food markets (Golden Arches) and if I can figure out a way to twist it to my main topic maybe talk about symbols within the fashion industry promote thing such as eating disorders (I realize this area is overdone). Overall I want to make the arguement that symbols through people or images give society a common place to ground their ideas and that without a central symbol some of these movements would loose their speed or impact on society.