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Please read Joan Kron's "The Semiotics of Home Decor" in Signs of Life.  Respond to the following questiions. 























According to Kron, how are our possessions representative of us?   How do possessions “provide the cue that is used in order to discover the  status of others”?  


“Our possessions give us a sense of security and stability.”  How does Kron explain this assertion?  How might we feel if our possessions are taken from us, say by theft or disaster? Is this a healthy or unhealthy way to feel?


 


 
 
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The executive summary is a self-analysis tool that is often used in writing courses to help the writer assess his or her writing process.  



Include the following discussion points in your response.  Feel free to discuss other experiences and aspects of the assignment as well. Your responses should be of a length comparable to the Blog Responses from the SOL readings. 


By the way, the "executive" in "executive summary refers to YOU, the writer. You are the executive in charge of your process. 

·         What did  you find most challenging about this essay?  What strategies did you employ to overcome these challenges?

·         What have you learned about yourself as a writer while working on essay 1?  What skills do you think need further development?  What did you do especially well?

·         What do you plan to do differently during the Essay 2 process?  What strengths will you continue to bring to the writing?  What new skills will you be trying to develop?



 
 
PictureThe famous Pop Art instillation of Brillo Boxes by Andy Warhol
Read "What's in a Package?"  - (118-127)
How does packaging stimulate the desire to buy? in your own experience, do you find these techniques to be successful?  

Consider Hine's description of the change from glass to plastic ketchup bottles.  Why do you think it took so long for major ketchup manufacturers to shift to the obviously more efficient dispenser? 




 
 
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How is shopping, in Norton's view, a "subversive" activity for women? Also, what might shopping mean for men? Girls? Boys?

 
 
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I am posting two more BRs, #3, ("The Science of Shopping  pgs 97 -103) and BR #4, "The Signs of Shopping"  pgs 104 -110) The responses may be informal but they need to be complete answers that sincerely address the reading and all elements of the questions. Although I hesitate to give a length minimum, in general, responses that are 75% of a page single-spaced,hand-written notebook page tend to be more complete.


By this point I want to start having firm posting dates for responses.  I would like us to up to a through BR #4 by Wednesday, 5:00 PM (both classes). I definitely want to discuss these articles during our first meeting of the upcoming week. 

if you'd like to read the original, longer article, simply click this link. 

Briefly summarize, in your own words (with limited quotes) the following concepts utilized by
Paco Underhill in his consultancy:


  • Decompression Zone
  • “Butt-Brush” Theory
  • Invariant Right
  • Petting

Discuss the implication of Underhill’s practices, including his use of surveillance cameras. Try to
answer Gladwell’s question: “Should we be afraid of Paco Underhill?” 



 
 
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Welcome to the second week! Somehow you survived!  This week we will are heavy with readings...give in total. The first is the "The More Factor" by Laurence Shames (pgs 90-96).   

The responses may be informal but they need to be complete answers that sincerely address the reading and all elements of the questions. Although I hesitate to give a length minimum, in general, responses that are 75% of a page single-spaced,hand-written notebook page tend to be more complete. (That’s 75% per question. 


All blog responses must be posted before the next class session. After which, the comments section will be locked. 


  • Use limited quotes to discuss the meaning behind how Shames connects the concept of the American frontier with notions of American identity.Discuss whether the “more” mindset is still occurring now, in the early 21st century. In general,do you think this desire for “more” is overall a good or bad quality in Americans?

 

    Prof. David Fulton

    I received my MA in English from CSU, Northridge and his .MFA in Creative Writing from CSU, Long Beach. I have  been teaching College English since 2004.. I am a published poet and was recently a Pushcart Prize finalist for my poem "Hubris" In addition to teaching,, I enjoy cooking, figuring out how to garden, going to the gym, researching Shakespeare, and watching MMA. 

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