The hypomnemata was a kind of personal notebook that became popular
in ancient Greece at around the time of Plato. The philosopher and historian Michel
Foucault explains that ‘into them one entered quotations, fragments of works, examples,
and actions to which one had been witness or of which one had read the account,
reflections or reasoning which one had heard or which had come to mind. They
constituted a material memory of things read, heard, or thought, thus offering these as
an accumulated treasure for rereading and later meditation.’ (Foucault, 1984, p. 364).
Must compile a modern hypomnemata. hypomnemata should comprise a selection of extracts, examples and quotations drawn from a variety of different cultural artefacts. This may include a few sentences from a novel or newspaper, could include images from a magazine or website; might include a short account of an incident that you see on television or heard on the radio; could include a sample from the lyrics of a song; etc.
MUST choose four examples of contemporary culture, split into 4 different entries. Must use the theoretical perspectives (in the readings provided) to reflect on and analyse the cultural artefact. You must employ four of the theoretical approaches in total (all theoretical approaches detailed in the text below). Main aim is to analyse modern cultural artefacts and do analyse them using at least 4 different theoretical perspectives offered. EXAMPLE: Thus, you might include in your hypomnemata just a single cutting from
Heat magazine, and then analyse it in terms of what Gabriel and Lang say about
consumers (Consuming Subject), McLuhan’s discussion of technological extension
(Extended Subject), Althusser’s notion of interpellation (Interpellated Subject), and
Barthes’ critique of authorial intention (Writing Subject). Alternatively, you might provide
a short description of an incident that occurred in the film The Shawshank Redemption
and then discuss it in terms of the mirror stage (Reflected Subject), an extract from an
online news site which you discuss in terms of socially constructed taxonomies
(Taxonomic Subject), and finally a series of images from a digital game which illustrate
particularly well the concepts both of consumers (Consuming Subject) and cyborgs
These are the readings. Use 4 of these readings for essay as well as a minimum of 8 other similar, academic texts for reference word count -2500-2700 words (not including references). Please use more quotations, less less paraphrasing. If there is any of the text you cannot obtain, please message me, I will forward it to writer.
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