One of the most prominent points that I retained from sociology class is that of social structure. From birth, morals and values are thrust upon us, and they become an unspoken social code that humans in a culture live by; but where do these ideologies come from? French Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser explained this through … More RSA vs ISA

I Saw the Sign: A Semiotic Analysis

Advertisements are everywhere! On the Internet, television, newspapers, magazines, billboards, everywhere a person looks there are advertisements. But what are these advertisements really doing? How are they attempting to sell their products to consumers? What is really in an advertisement? To answer these questions, I will be performing a semiotic analysis. For this analysis, I … More I Saw the Sign: A Semiotic Analysis

This is a Sign!

As I am continuing my education in the field of communications, I have discovered something important… Nothing, and I repeat, NOTHING is what it seems. Take my last sentence for example. The fact that I repeated the use of the word “nothing” in all capital letters is a sign. Perhaps it signals to the reader … More This is a Sign!

The Art of Interpreting the Art of Communication

American journalist Sydney Harris once said, “The two words information and communication are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.” There is a reason that it is called the “art of communication.” The key word here being art, and just as with paintings and stories, interpretation is a major … More The Art of Interpreting the Art of Communication