First, read the reading to get some idea (John Ley and the chapter from ‘Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices’ -Stuart Hall) , than watch this you tube video -Argo Official Trailer #1 (2012) Ben Affleck Thriller Movie HD
After watching this clip , choose and answer 2 of the questions. please be specific.
1. List and describe two or more binaries you see going on in this clip. Remember binaries are either/or constructions that define meaning by establishing difference–remember the concept of negative identities, that we are defined by what we are not? examples of binaries are black and white, male and female, civilized/uncivilized, etc. Provide one example from the clip where you see this binary represented.
2. Analyze the relationship between the two “terms” or elements of the binary. Is one term privileged, or set up as superior, over the other? Does one side of the binary get represented as “normal,” while the other is deviant? What groups are associated with each term of the binary? Give an example from the clip where you see one term of the binary privileged over the other.
3. List the denotative meanings of a particular scene of interest (just describe the signs in a brief scene, like embassy or wall or turban or glasses or people running), then do a more in depth reading of its connotative meanings (what are the myths and meanings culturally associated with those signs?).
Ideology: A Brief Guide
Copyright 1997 by John Lye. This text may be freely used, with attribution, for non-profit purposes.
Some conceptions of ideology DE-emphasize the power aspect and see ideology as the structure of assumptions which form the imaginative world of groups. Ideology, writes Althusser, is “a representation of the imaginary relation of individuals to the real condition of existence.” Further, Althusser writes, ideology creates us as persons: it “hails” us, calls us into being.
According to Marx, ideology naturalizes, it historicity, and it externalizes. That is,
ideological structures appear to be natural, “according to the order of things” (naturalization);
Any ideology will contain contradictions, will repress aspects of experience, will ‘disappear’ that which tends to contradict it or expose its repressions. Ideology’s cultural activity will include the construction of pseudo-problems which are given pseudo-solutions — e.g. our culture’s obsession with stories about ‘love’ relations which are ‘solved’ by individuals realizing the true worth of the other, as if these issues were really central to our most fundamental human concerns, our moral and mental health, the justice and equity for which the world is calling out; all sorts of moral and social problems get ‘disappeared’ in the process.
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