assignment 1-2: practices of looking

Due: Wednesday September 14
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For Wednesday, read an excerpt from Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture by Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright. For this assignment, please do the following after (or while) reading the excerpt:

  1. Find one passage or concept from the Practices of Looking reading that makes a connection or creates a link to the DK Handbook reading on rhetoric/rhetorical analysis (which you completed earlier this week). For example, you could point out that Sturken and Cartwright’s discussion of M*A*S*H (page 30) relates to the DK Handbook‘s discussion of context — how the “values and concerns of a time and place” (7) influence the meanings that audiences create from texts.
  2. Find one passage or concept from the Practices of Looking reading that confuses you and ask a question about it. Show that you did the reading. For example, you would not need to do the reading to say “What is the difference between connotation and denotation?” It seems that you did not read and simply selected something random to transform into a question. Instead, pose a more thoughtful question. For example, “The authors mention the connotation and denotation, and then they talk about signifiers and signifieds. How are these different? Are connotations the same as signifieds?”

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Below are images from the reading that did not make it very well through the photocopier.  You may find it useful to look at these instead of the blurry photocopied images.

Weegee, Their First Murder, 1945

Pieter Claesz, Still Life, 1642

Robert Frank, Trolley - New Orleans, 1955