Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Lakoff, "Language: The Power We Love to Hate"

"Culture, after all, is the construction of shared meaning."

I like this definition and it gives me allot to think about. not only is our american culture based on shared meaning but so is every little sub-culture. There are meanings that are shared only by people at Clemson University or jokes that only a chemistry major would get, or meanings that only someone who listened to a certain punk band would share. This idea appeals to me I think because I want to go into media. It's exciting to think that if I were to become a succsessful journalist I would be directly involved in constructing our at least informing people about or commenting upon shared meanings and therefore culture

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