COMU3005 week 4: Private Schools and Regulation

Rules and regulations are a normal part of Western culture, and they are needed to keep order and patrons safe. That is why some people become particularly concerned when something like wikileaks pops up: there’s the potential to cause war, among other things. Regulation governs the deeper social meanings of cultural contexts (products, space, or…

COMU3005 – post 3: Are you on for online dating?

When looking at a dating website such as eHarmony, it is clear that the element of identity from the circuit of culture is evident through the way people present themselves and the way they design their profiles. As Lucas Hildebrand suggests, dating websites use interfaces of self-representation and algorithms to match compatible partners. He notes…

COMU3005: blog post week 3

The production of the Sony Walkman is very similar to assemblages in social media. du Gay writes about how the Sony Walkman is perceived as very Japanese in design and form. He continues to write about why the Walkman is represented in such a way: there is “a hierarchy of occupations, whereby certain jobs (design)…

COMU3005: Blog post 1

Du Gay suggests that the Walkman’s “physical” representation indicates that whoever has one are tech-savy, cool, young, hip, and vibrant people. By looking at the advertisements that have been used in his book Doing Cultural Studies, the Sony Walkman is obviously represented as a portable music device that allows users to listen to music on…