Across four studies participants (N = 818) rated the profoundness of abstract art images accompanied with varying categories of titles, including: pseudo-profound bullshit titles (e.g., The Deaf Echo), mundane titles (e.g., Canvas 8), and no titles. Randomly generated pseudo-profound bullshit titles increased the perceived profoundness of computer generated abstract art, compared to when no titles were present (Study 1). Mundane titles did not enhance the perception of profoundness, indicating that pseudo-profound bullshit titles specifically (as opposed to titles in general) enhance the perceived profoundness of abstract art (Study 2). Furthermore, we find that these effects generalize to artist-created abstract art (Study 3). Finally, we report a large correlation between profoundness ratings for pseudo-profound bullshit and “International Art English” statements (Study 4), a mode and style of communication commonly employed by artists to discuss their work. This correlation suggests that these two independently developed communicative modes share underlying cognitive mechanisms in their interpretations. We discuss the potential for these results to be integrated into a larger, new theoretical framework of bullshit as a low-cost strategy for gaining advantages in prestige awarding domains.
Making semiotic sense of an annoying stylistic tic: So says more than you might want it to.
This is apparently is an example of semantic bleaching, similar to the process that turned very and really (and more recently literally) into intensifiers. The OED lists so as an “adv. and conj.” glossed as “In the way or manner described, indicated, or suggested; in that style or fashion”, with examples going back to the 9th century. Over the centuries, if the bleaching theory is correct, a sense emerged that’s something more like “in relation to the issue described, suggested, or presupposed”.
“So” also seems to indicate a connection between the interviewer and interviewed, a suggestion that the answer really is going to address the question. But often, the interviewed answers a different question, snd the particle becomes a rhetorical backhander. Compare it to using “Well …” in the same context. “So” indicates that the response is canned, being delivered by rote – which also appears in the general tone of voice and cadence. “Well” can suggest the response is more thoughtful and tailored for the context.
- President Trump Shares Anti-Obama Eclipse Meme | Time.com – Semiotic misfire. Language is bigger than we are.
- Daring Fireball: Wading Through AccuWeather’s Bullshit Response – Be aware. But be aware of the rhetorical moves of the companies that appear to grant privacy. – (privacy en3177 rhetoric )
- The Week When President Trump Resigned – The New York Times – Once more into the rhetorical situation – how Trump deals with the social demand for speech.
> On Tuesday he “relinquished what presidents from Roosevelt to Reagan have regarded as a cardinal duty of their job: set a moral course to unify the nation,” wrote The Times’s Mark Landler, in what was correctly labeled a news analysis and not an opinion column. Landler’s assessment, echoed by countless others, was as unassailable as it was haunting, and it was prompted in part by Trump’s perverse response to a question that it’s hard to imagine another president being asked: Did he place the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Va., on the same “moral plane” as those who showed up to push back at them?
- Why are liberals now cheerleading a warmongering Trump? | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian – Handing over the keys?
> History shows that war presents the ideal opportunity for the authoritarian-minded to amass, consolidate and concentrate power. Dissent can be more easily portrayed as treachery; jingoism sweeps the nation, boosting the popularity of the ruler; critics fall into line; constitutional norms can be disregarded at a time of national crisis. – (polemic politics rhetoric_of_action trump )
- Melania Trump and the politics of airbrushing – The Washington Post – Fashion meets politics in the open media, with some semiotics chucked in to start the discussion. "Mahaux has given the public a two-dimensional version of Trump: just the gloss, just the facade. Trump is the fantasy, the dream." – (visualrhetoric semiotics politics )
- Iain Sinclair · The Last London · LRB 30 March 2017 – Everybody's city becomes someone else's. – (london psychogeography )
- Teaching McLuhan: Understanding Understanding Media | Enculturation – more than this, he's drawing line from McL to Carr and others. "In this essay I will explain how I interpret McLuhan’s Understanding Media to my students. This essay is more interpretative than pedagogical. If we understand what McLuhan is saying in this book and how he is saying it, we can make these ideas understandable to undergraduates. I impose some linearity and coherence on McLuhan by identifying the following four themes that run throughout Part I of the book: media as extensions of ourselves, hot and cold media, the reversal of the overheated medium, and antidotes to the narcotic effects of media. Then my students and I explore the application of these themes in Part II of Understanding Media as McLuhan discusses how his theories apply to specific medi – (media mcluhan semiotics )
- Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle | Will Self | Books | The Guardian – A spectator visits the spectacle. – (dh mediation semiotics culturalstudies )
- The Situationist International Text Library/The Society of the Spectacle – In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation. – (dh semiotics culturalstudies mediation print )
- Should Academics Talk to Katie Couric? – The Chronicle – Once more into the breech of consumption. Don't make me think! "Academic writing has the benefit of scholarly rigor, full documentation, and original thinking. But the transmission of our ideas is routinely hampered — understandably, given academe’s publication, evaluation, and tenure conditions — by a great deal of peer-oriented jargon." – (rhetoric academicwriting scholarship2.0 )
- Coming Down From the Clouds: On Academic Writing – The Chronicle – A defense rather than an apologia for scholarly writing. We're not writing for The General Public. We're writing on the edge of knowledge – and that requires some effort. "Yes, some academic writing is more abstruse than it needs to be. No doubt, scholarship should not be hidden behind expensive paywalls. And, yes, academics, like all people, are shaped by the conditions of their employment. … But the story is more complicated." "there is a risk when we mistakenly assume that public and scholarly writing are the same thing — that one is good and clear and the other is needlessly complex." – (scholarship2.0 composition academia2.0 academicwriting )
- Fear of Screens – The New Inquiry – Jurgenson, review of Reclaiming Conversation, Turkle. "Why would anyone want to believe that people who are communicating with phones have forgotten what friendship is?" My notes on http://mcmorgan.wikity.cc/digital-dualism/ – (mediation identity semiotics )
- 10 Ways to Annotate with Students – Hypothesis – annotation as an end in itself, a waypoint. – (dh en3177 notes annotation tools notetaking )
- Lean WordPress: A guide to optimizing your CMS – – (#en3177 en3177 )
- Representation or Presentation? – A primer by Jill Waker Rettberg. Essential reading for students looking at selfies or blog posts as identity. Representation involves reading the mediation, and social media is always meditated. – (semiotics dh en3177 )
- [toread] How I got excited about teaching again – – (assessment coursedesign )
- [toread] Media for Thinking the Unthinkable – – (dh InfoDesign infographics semiotics )
- Simulating The World (In Emoji) – A primer for DH students in understanding procedures and getting a sense of what's possible. By making. In open source. It's playtime. – (dh oer procedural_rhetoric digital_literature )
- 68% of Statistics Are Meaningless, D2L Edition – Told u so. the LMS has nothing to offer in analytics. Wake up, partner. "I can’t remember the last time I read one of D2L’s announcements without rolling my eyes." – (d2l edcrap )
- Challenging MOOCs – "Rather, I worry that MOOCs will increasingly deliver all studies in a similarly “lite” version, that MOOCs will be unlikely to provide much critical analysis or equip students to develop any, particularly on topics where there are passionate feelings or entrenched opinions." – (moocs )
- Richard Bartle on MUDs and British Snobbery – YouTube – Matt Chat 296 – How ideology – and not necessarily the dominant one – gets laced into design. Dr. Matt Barton, SCSU, interviews Dr. Richard Bartle, co-creator of MUD. The MUD as a place that cancels out accent: On the internet, no one knows you're a northerner, so you're free to become a wizard. – (DH design opensource semiotics )
- Tributary – Tributary is an experimental environment for rapidly prototyping visualization code. The environment provides several useful libraries, as well as a simple interface for live code editing. We call these shareable code examples inlets. – (software visualization )
- Semiotics Theories / Signo – Applied Semiotics Theories – – (semiotics theory )
- [toread] New Clues: update to the cluetrain manifesto – – (Manifesto DH )