Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The Middle Ground
So in class on Monday I was in the last group who didn't get to share when we were discussing our questions. We were the odd ones who chose the wild card question. For that we decided to ask the paradox question about whether using language to denote something destroys the "signified."
One of the ideas we were batting around is the idea that the object must exist to have a symbol or a sign corresponding to it. However, as soon as the symbol or sign is used the signifier is not destroyed, but it is diminished. while reflecting on this I could help but be reminded of Andy Warhol's famous Marilyn Monroe. He took a picture of Marilyn an he copied it multiple times until the picture was diminished and faded. I think that this is an awesome visual representation of this idea.
Another thing we talked about in our group was the idea of the middle ground, one of Derrida's points. Sure he may not be talking specifically about this idea of the destruction of the signifier, but it does apply. Taking two opposing or differing ideas, and finding and taking the middle ground. This would in essence diminish or destroy both to the other options and bringing forward a new and maybe more encompassing idea.