Reading questions for Sturken and Cartwright, Practices of Looking, Chapter 1

You do not need to write up answers to these questions, but you do need to be prepared to discuss them in class next week.  That doesn't necessarily mean you need to have answers to all of them, but it means you need to have thought about them enough to either have an answer or have a reason why an answer is problematic.

Note that the book is trying to cover an enormous amount of material in a relatively small number of pages.  As a result, they will often make claims that don't really seem to follow from their premises.  I'll sometimes try to fill in the details for you in reading notes and sometimes make you fill them in for yourselves.  But in any case, if you find something that doesn't make sense, write it down and ask about it in class.

Social construction of reality

When Sturken and Cartwright talk about social construction of the world, they clearly don't mean that without people there is empty nothingness or that all the atoms in the universe are popping out of our foreheads.

Connotation and denotation

This is a distinction you generally get in everybody's theory of semantics.  It's a particular problem for formal approaches to semantics, such as symbolic logic, because connotation is very difficult to capture and formalize.