Visual Literacy and Culture

About this class

This course introduces students to visual communication, which is at the core of a culture’s symbolic systems, whether as images, video, or active technological processes that structure the way we perceive and react to the world. Students will explore how visual messages represent concepts and define culture. Using three different theoretical models of analysis students will decode the visual language employed in various cultures. They will also examine cultural diversity and how different types of media, including visual technology, mass media and art impact and influence these cultures.

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by Alina.Aitkalieva on October 30, 2017
Am I my aesthetic?  It seems like an easy enough question but I wouldn't want to answer it without really questioning myself.

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by rosemarie_laporte on October 30, 2017
I believe it is an erroneous concept to think that one's mindset can't be entirely reflected through his aesthetic, as there are multiple factors converging into what will make you who you are. However, one's aesthetic can give an idea of what are this person's beliefs and/or what are her traits of character. 

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by paytaylor on October 29, 2017
Am I my aesthetic? I believe I'm not but at the same time I believe I am.

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by Sebastian on October 29, 2017
Is the question "do i wear things that i find beautiful because they are beautiful?" If so, the answer is no. I love Nike and Rebook, i wear them not because i like the brand or other people like them but because i like the color or the texture.  I wear clothes because they are comfortable and because we have to. Wait... do we?

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by Shirly Mei on October 29, 2017
Am I my aesthetic? My answer would be both, yes and no. Like most people, I get influenced by the media. I am a huge fan of Korean idols and actors. They all have great body proportions and flawless skin. Seeing how beautiful they look somehow make me feel self-conscious. But then I have to remind myself that those celebrities are also insecure about themselves because they are human and not to mention the world of editing make a huge difference on how people look.

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by Giorgio Balboa on October 27, 2017
I believe that I am my own aesthetic because what I choose to wear reflects who I am. I don’t let the opinions of other influence my style.  Despite my unique style, I do occasionally buy into brand names. For example, I don’t play basketball but I appreciate the Jordan running shoes because of the styles they offer to consumers. Despite this I am also open minded to stray from popular brands and to experiment with different styles. I also can see how people get hooked into the idea that brands make the person. When they mimic a certain style they lose their individuality.  

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by Miguel on October 26, 2017
I’ll answer to the question as I understand it, “are you how you look on the surface?” yes and not.

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by taricha on October 25, 2017
Honestly, in part, I think I am my aesthetic as I end up wearing whatever I want, regardless of what people think. However, I feel as my aesthetic slightly varies as I get older. As for now, I enjoy really warm colours that contrast heavily against different skin tones. My aesthetic is a bit toned down but not dull. For example, I don't enjoy looking at or even wearing things that have elements that don't flow because they contrast too much and in the wrong areas. For the most part, it involves maximum comfort, as well.

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by KimChi on October 25, 2017
Are you your aesthetic? Honestly, party yes and partly no. Yes because I mostly wear clothes that are simple and comfortable. These two qualities are important as I want to feel good with what I wear and I do not feel any need to stand out. I might also wear used clothes as I'm not fond of wasting them  nor buying new ones when they're still in good/usable shape. 

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by Kelvin on October 25, 2017
Am I my aesthetic? Not entirely. Before going to CEGEP, I went to a school where it was required to wear a uniform. While this did make things easier in the morning since you didn’t need to pick out your own clothing, I started to find myself feeling quite bland. Don’t get me wrong, the uniforms didn’t look bad or anything; it’s just that looking the same everyday, excluding weekends of course, for 5 years wasn’t the most exciting thing. Hair dye was also prohibited to some extent so I was stuck with my almost burnt looking dark brown hair.

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by taniacdc on October 25, 2017
I think I am. I would describe my aesthetic as versatile because it is always changing just like myself. My ideals, of what looks good, are always changing because of everything I see on the news and on TV. For sure, I try not to be influence by that but really, who can? We all try to be different from others but isn’t that what this decade is all about… Being different? So yes, I try to be different.

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by India-Lynn on October 25, 2017
My first thought when it comes to aesthetic is the assorted memes relating to this song: https://soundcloud.com/bad-782004945/macintosh-plus-420 and the vapourwave musical movement. Aesthetic in the sense of these memes and the vapourwave music genre means chill, and smooth, while pleasing to the ears and eyes. I feel that these characteristics encompass the true meaning of aesthetic, which describes the beauty and taste of a person or thing.

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by chloel on October 25, 2017
I believe I am in part my aesthetic. I am easily influenced by outside sources therefore this makes it difficult to be my own aesthetic. On the other hand, I do think that I could be my own aesthetic because I like to dress the way I want without worrying what others will think about me. Though I tend to dress comfortably, I also let my friends and family have an opinion on what I should or shouldn’t be wearing.

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by gabdaprano on October 25, 2017
I wish I was. I want people to see me for me and all the qualities i have, but i know that to be hard. It has happened where a friend shares an insecurity with me that is a huge thing for them and i dont see it at all. We all percieve ouselves in different ways than others see us. I dont know what my aesthetic looks like to others. Yes they are all seing the same clothes, feeling the same energy, and hearing the same words and voice, but everybody that has interacted with me will have a different opinion and connection to all that.

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by KimChi on October 24, 2017
1. Identify 3 television shows to explain how men/dads/husbands have been depicted since the early days of TV (1950-2000): Father Knows Best All in the Family Make Room For Daddy   2. What was unique about the Archie character in All In The Family?

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by Alison on October 24, 2017
My aesthetic is somewhat complicated. What i find to be beautiful is outgoing, but simple and classic at the same time. I find there is a certain appreciation for something that has effort, time and thought put into it. Yet still maintains a certain simple. classic and clean look. I think that being able to stand out and still look effortless is aestheticly pleasing. For example, a Tesla is a car that stands out because it is truly unique yet at the same time it is effortless and simple.

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by paytaylor on October 16, 2017
1. Identify 3 television shows to explain how men/dads/husbands have been depicted since the early days of TV (1950-2000)  The Dick Van Dyke show, The Cosby Show, All in The Family.   2. What was unique about the Archie character in All In The Family? 

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by CAyoup on October 16, 2017
Contemplate the meaning of this statement: Are you your aesthetic? Your answer should be roughly 250 words and comprised of: a "yes", "no" or "in part", followed by an explanation of --why you feel this way.

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Pardon the screenshot ;)

Reply to: Am I My Aesthetic?
3 weeks 3 days ago

Respond to the question, "Are you your aesthetic?"

3 weeks 4 days ago

You mention that we live in a minimalist society, which is true in the terms of today's modern aesthetic. I find it quite ironic though that despite living in a society with minimalist style, we are the opposite of minimalist when it comes to our consumerist and materialistic habits and lifestyle. 'You have to purchase certain items to obtain minimalism' is quite the contradiction. You alluded to this when you described the high costs of maintaining the " simple, classic look". Interesting points!

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Rosemarie Laporte

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Teacher in the Communications: Media and Studio Arts (CMSA) department at Vanier College, in Ville St-Laurent, QC.

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