Monthly Archives: December 2013

Selfies and Said

Since I’m arguing that selfies are a Western creation with capitalistic ideals, I wanted to use Said’s ideas of orientalism. Orientalism is a truth regime. It is based on arbitrary geographical lines and defined from a particular position. Orientalism only … Continue reading

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Gramsci and Rowing

After putting some thought into the development of rowing, the relevance of Gramsci became very clear.  Looking at his thoughts on the importance of cultural practices in maintaining some form of hegemony and how rowing is an example of this … Continue reading

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Bringing Althusser Back

I think I’ve had a break through. So my case study is a more culturally-focused derivative of my SYE on the significance of grape wine in China. I’ve honestly been wrestling with the topic for over a year, been muddled … Continue reading

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Selfies in the News

When I was doing some writing, I came across a news story that broke today. Apparently, President Obama took a selfie with two other world leaders at the memorial for Nelson Mandela. Quickly, criticism started calling it inappropriate given the … Continue reading

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Memes for thought #YOLO

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Businesses and Hashtags

In looking at hashtags it became clear that businesses have suddenly become a huge supporter of them.  Marketing through hashtags has not only helped sales for many companies, but hashtags have also led businesses to see where their products will … Continue reading

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Branded Athletes

Every big name extreme sport athlete is connected to a brand, or several brands. From energy drink companies and cameras that sponsor just about all sports to smaller companies more specific to a sport, like surfboards or ski helmets, brands … Continue reading

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Women’s Rights At Risk

While reading additional articles about China’s ‘leftover women,’ I found an article that discusses the status of women and the progression from their traditional roles as females since the Mao regime.  Progress, however, is not being made currently in China. … Continue reading

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Putting Campers in Their Place

While brainstorming how interpellation functions at summer camp, I began to reflect on my own experiences as a camper, but especially as a camp leader myself. How do we put campers “in their place”? Also, how can interpellation function both … Continue reading

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Gramsci and Williams on Going Green

I chose to incorporate Gramsci and Williams into my case study of sustainability in society because I feel that both theorists acknowledge and emphasis my point of half-incorporation of subaltern views in society. One of the points I am trying … Continue reading

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