This is an appearance by Scott Adams, creator and writer of the Dilbert comic strip, last week on the weekly "Real Time with Bill Maher" on HBO. I'm sharing it here because Adams discusses exactly some of the things we talked about early in the term relating to framing. The Lakoff exercise I introduced ("Don't think of an elephant!") — this is precisely how Adams claims presidential candidate Donald Trump is (successfully) conducting his discourse. Adams' credentials as an "expert" on persuasion should be debated, but his comments here are directly relevant to our understanding of framing.
Three documents below, available to download, should give you some guidance for the third part of the class project ...
Here's the full video that was started in the Wednesday section this week — a good discussion of gender-inclusive language, and where gender-specific language lurks in our discourses. Thanks, Shivani!
So here's a question in light of some of this week's topics: Where's the communication (from whom to whom) when we talk to ourselves?
Goffman actually addressed this ...
Check out this nifty 2-minute video posted to Aeon (a great online mag), summing up Goffman's thinking about the performative self ...
Click here to download part 2 of a former student's project paper.
Again, this is a paper that scored well — though it has significant room for improvement, too. We'll discuss the edited version of this later in class.
Use this paper as a good example of using the denotative and connotative description from part 1 as examples for an analysis of the communication at work in your object. Note how the student incorporated readings from the syllabus and others.