TOPIC: After reading Hall, Sean. This Means This, This Means That : A User’s Guide to Semiotics, Laurence King Publishing, 2012 (Chapters 1 & 2) and reviewing the videos from the Week 3 Agenda, consider the following questions and try to connect the concepts presented with historical and contemporary design.

  • How has political and economic power been communicated using icon, index, and/or symbol in historical media? Look at the U.S. National Archives or Library of Congress collections of war propaganda posters to see if you can also locate any of the non-literal forms of communication such as simile, metaphor, metonym, synecdoche, irony, lies, impossibility, depiction, and representation.
  • How does “noise” disrupt or alter the communication process in social media communications? Consider recent social or political events.

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