I’m pretty excited about the classes I’ll take next semester. I’ve decided to major in communication, so I signed up to take KRTU host training. I’m also thinking about adding the media publications class to my schedule. I’m hoping to gain a lot of experience so I can get an internship for the summer. I would love to work some sort of magazine or publication, but until then I plan to take as many communication classes as I can.
In Understanding Comics, McCloud explains the way icons, symbols, and pictures are only representations of real objects, but people think about them as absolute embodiments of real object. By adjusting them from complex representation to simpler representation, information is communicated differently. One of the ideas he discusses that stands out in my mind explains that presenting something in a very simplistic manner may emphasize the importance of the message being communicated. Additionally, McCloud discusses the different panel transitions that appear in comics and convey the idea of a continuous story and world within the pages of a comic.
Shaviro’s belief that we have deceived ourselves into believing we behave honestly, when in fact everything is fake, is pretty interesting. Some of the arguments he makes are pretty convincing, and his use of Disneyland as an example to support his theory was clever. Additionally, Klosterman’s discussion about objective reality in “The Awe-Inspiring Beauty of Tom Cruise’s Shattered, Troll-Like Face” was interesting. It made me realize that everyone has an objective reality that is separate from reality and from the objective reality of others. For example, there are some aspects of the world that I am ignorant of, yet someone else may be well educated in. My objective reality would be different from that person for that reason.
The package seems to suggest that nothing is real, and the last item is a big indication of this. History and Quinn Tulpa’s life is all metafiction because it is all separate from reality. It is an objective reality, as Klosterman discussed, that does not encompass the whole of reality. The package seems to imply that Quinn Tulpa lives a life that has already been planned out for him, most likely by society. For example, attending college is something society suggest is necessary for everyone, and colleges expect students to study for finals. However, these are norms that don’t necessarily have to be followed, but Quinn Tulpa’s reality suggests otherwise.