Jordan Fugate

I just finished reading a paper assigned to us in Youn’s Usability and Evaluation Methods class: This is Not an Article: Just Some Thoughts on How to Write One by Carsten Sorensen, London School of Economics and Political Science I don’t know if any of you will find it useful, but it makes some interesting…

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So…here’s the short version: A structuralist/semiotic analysis of diegetic and non-diegetic sound in the game BioShock and how signifiers are decoded by users and how user experience is affected by whether or not they pick up on dated references. Part of what makes BioShock such an incredible game is the setting/environment and sound is a…

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The Lacey article “Film Language” presents the film analysis term mise en scene as “what can be seen in the picture” and consisting of production design (sets, props, and costumes), colour, lighting, actors’ performance, diegetic sound, and framing. I want address a few of these with examples. The first piece of mise en scene I…

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I have a few questions to add to the “Question about Structuralism” post by yenning. I’ve been thinking a lot about the ‘which came first?’ question with regards to lifeworlds and codes. Would a structuralist say that participation in a linguistic community is necessary to have (and accept) lifeworlds? Would a phenomenologist say that lifeworlds…

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Concrete Phenomenon: In the Animal Planet original documentary nature series, Meerkat Manor, the viewer is presented with a reality different from other nature programs, and therefore, a different kind of response to that reality is generated by the viewer. In Meerkat Manor, the meerkats (the main characters) are given names, roles, personalities, and many other…

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In regards to film theory, are we saying that the opposition ‘realism vs. formalism’ mirrors the opposition ‘phenomenology vs. structuralism’? Is realism in film purely phenomenological and formalism in film purely structuralist? I came across the following entry in wikipedia under ‘Formalist Film Theory’ and ‘Ideological Formalism’: “It can be argued that, by this [formalist]…

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Thanks Marty for a great prewriting session. I found this exercise to be very informative and effective in changing how I feel about prewriting. I began Phase 1 with a list. The goal of this list was to present ideas, statements, and terms that I already knew; no new information or research necessary. The list…

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