March 03, 2005

How do you sum up Media Aesthetics--I think I just did...

Summing up Media Aesthetics may sound like a challenging task, but I have actually managed to do it.

Pygmalion: Burne-Jones and Gerome had a different way of viewing Pygmalion's story through their artwork. There paintings can tell the whole story of Pygmalion.

Mike May's Journal: Gaining your site back after over 40 years seemed to be a wonderful experience for Mike. I reflected on what I thought Mike had gained from this experience and wrote about my thoughts on how Mike being able to see after so long was a beautiful thing.

Seeing is Believing?: "Cathedral" was a very interesting reading. I wrote about how I did not like the husband's character at the begining of the story, but towards the end of the story, I started not to mind him as much. The blind man 'opened the husband's eyes' to what it's like to be blind, and the husband finally realized that sometimes seeing is not always believing.

Insight on Amanda Cochran and Julie Young's Blog: I already know how to blog, but I said that the hints Amanda and Julie gave would be useful to a person who is a newbie. I also made comments about why I do not blog as much as I think I should.

The Allegory of a Cave: Plato always seem to have the very agreeing character in order to make the readers agree with his ideas as well (as if the character agreeing represents the reader). I felt that Plato was expressing that humans are always looking away from the truth. I wrote how Plato notions towards humans not understanding that the ideal is the truth.

Technology advances: Churchill opened my eyes to a new understanding of the process of a fact: it takes information, knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. I also agreed with Churchill that there is nothing better than a classroom education, and technology, I do not think, will ever come as far as taking over the classrooms.

Plato's "Republic": Plato explains many of his ideas through his writings of Socrates. I wrote about Socrates saying that there is only one ideal of everything, such as a chair, bed, ect. and not one person can create that same bed, ect. He said that a painter and carpenter are all imitators of this ideal. I also, of course, threw my own opinions in there on what I thought about this reading.

Aristotle's "Poetics": I did not agree at all with Aristotle's view on beauty. He said it could not be too small or too large. I simply disagree. I also wrote on Aristotle explaining how a person should write a tragedy. If you use mean/rare/unusual words, watch out...

Professorless Discussion: A coffee-house disscussion that took place in the classroom was a wonderful experience. Our ideas were free-flowing and productive in thought. Amanda, Johanna, and I all agreed with the arguement of beauty that took place in Aristotle's "Poetics." We decided that Aristotle should not tell us what's right and what's wrong. We also discussed how Aristotle discussed tragedy over comedy, when he should have discussed both.

Poem for Pope: This poem is a reflection of my thoughts on some of Alexander Pope's lines of his own poem, "An Essay on Criticism." I wrote about how I agreed with poets not giving credit to those who taught them. I also stated that I do not like Pope's idea of the critic. I also give the impression that rules are meant to be broken, which disagrees with Pope. My favorite of this poem is where I wrote, "I do not like this idea of following rules, When your own ideas are your own poems tools."

T.S. Eliot's "Tradition and the Individual Talent": A quote from T. S. Eliot stikes me to think in ways that I never had before. I brought up many reflections on how we know more than those before us, simply because they are the ones we know. I said that if it was not for these writers advancing the way they did, then we would not be where we are today. I also agree that criticism should be based on the poem, not on the poet.

"The Decay of Lying": I get sort of confused after trying to explain my own ideas of the quote, "Life imitates art far more than Art imitates life." I give an example of a tree, but start to contradict my own ideas. I also bring up the idea, which disagrees with "The Decay of Lying," that health can be a form of beauty.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (preface): In the preface, there were many lines that struck my interest. I reflected on many of them within this entry. When the quote, "All art is quite useless" appeared, I felt that Oscar Wilde was bashing art. In this follow-up blog, I realized that this quote tends to be true, but not in a bashing way. (After a discussion in class and reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, I understand these ideas more fully. I realized that the reader may not know what the preface is referring to until the whole book is read.)

A picture says a thousand words: refers to my thoughts on the book The Picture of Dorian Gray written by Oscar Wilde. I discuss thoughts on relating the destruction of a flower to the destruction of one's soul. I also speak on how Dorian Gray, in the end, finally had evil done to him, rather than him doing evil to others.

Dorian Gray's realism: I spoke about how I felt on the article about aesthetic realism and how I also feel that Oscar Wilde used realism in a most fascinating way. I also said how I disagreed with the idea of Lord Henry being gay in this book; he may have been flirtacious, but not gay.

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