Cultural diffusion is the process of one culture influencing another and has existed for as long as humans have. However, determining the ethics of the use of another culture’s aesthetic is not always an easy task as it can be difficult to determine the point at which one crosses into the unethical terrain of cultural appropriation. This tutorial activity is designed to help us understand the way cultural artefacts are subsumed into the mainstream and how to avoid cultural appropriation.
This creative learning exercise encourages you to explore the aesthetics of mediated violence through mismatching the visual and aural elements of a piece of media.
Making comics is not only fun, but a great way to improve your critical thinking and analytical skills. Combining text and image into graphic narratives can help us synthesise and better understand the key points of complex theories or concepts … READ MORE
Magazines are a form of mass media that commonly perpetuate the heteronormative gendering of consumer behaviour. Critique these narrow gender representations by making your own magazine cover parody.
Make your own culture jam and demonstrate how rhetoric and semiotics can be used to contest, subvert and redirect mediated messages and corporate communications, while revealing common tactics of information distortion to your audience.
Share your ritualised modalities of resistance or your vernacular subterranean style in one of the most mainstream forms of pop journalism on the internet today: a listicle.
Investigate how journalists grab your attention then create your own sensational headline for a current news story.
Get students to make a minimalist movie poster as part of a lesson on semiotics or visual literacy.
In this activity, we are going to look at the ways representations explicitly and implicitly communicate values that privilege or marginalise certain identities. Drawing on Stuart Hall’s theory of Encoding/Decoding will attempt to encode a representation of ourselves through avatar creation and … READ MORE
Calling all dead authors: black out and cut up. This creative learning task is designed to reinforce some of the key concepts of poststructuralism by getting students to make blackout poetry. The task is specifically designed to correspond with this online lesson content but may be easily adapted.
Post(er)modernism: Make a poster about postmoderism