It’s a Metaphor Baby!

Credit definitely must be given for the title to Say Anything one of my favorite bands who have a song of the same name.  I was slightly worried at the beginning of the lesson about metaphor and how I would represent it but as someone who writes I should have been worried less. That does not come from a cock frame of mind either.  It comes from having the knowledge that in metaphor one thing represents another. As long as you have an idea in your head of how something can be symbolic of another thing you at least have a good start.  So it was when it came time to work on my project.  I spent a good amount of time agonizing about what I would choose. I didn’t want to choose work that was really long and have the project be exhaustive and potentially boring and I don’t know art  so that was out of the question.  The problem with doing fairy tales is that they are nice and they do have a good message but they feel exactly what they are, childish.  That is what lead me to settle on the quote that I did. It held meaning for me that was translatable to other people’s lives.  It was succinct but powerful as well.  I had big ideas about what I wanted to accomplish  and knew it would take more involvement than some of my previous works for campus.  I poured into Gimp tutorial’s so that I could gain the tools I needed and got one of my classes to lend a hand.  In the end it came out a great success in my mind and looked even better than I thought it would.

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Metaphor

Metaphor in a sense is how we make sense of the unknown.  It is how we lasso the moon in the sky and pull it down to our level so that we might understand it or do the inverse and project it so that it is bigger than we are. Take these two metaphors for instance: The moon shines like a distant streetlight calling the neighborhood kids to come home for dinner or the her smile was a bright as the moon on a clear sky night, illuminating all the dark parts of my heart.  We use it to define the unknown apply scale to things or just to be imaginative in the was we are describing things.  Without the use of metaphor the world can be suddenly boring and that is not what we want do we?

The creative inquiry is the steps along which our perception of the world goes till we come out the other end with an ability to manipulate and make sense of all the stimuli the world has to offer. Once mastered we are better at communicating, pattern making, and complex intellectual functions.

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Sweeter than honey!

 

Critical Reflection

To start with I will focus on the badges that I got. For one I was pleased to get the play badge because I think it fits with my creative process. I hate to take things too seriously or worry about them too much.  I think in the instances of those happening that the creative process shuts down and we can be blocked from our creativity.  I was also pleased with getting the problem solver badge.  I think that in addition to providing levity that I also like to provide answers and be proactive in getting things done with the group.  If I were working by myself I might not have been as in a hurry to produce results or come up with answers but I know when working with other people and their differing schedules it is important to get things done in a timely manner.

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I was really happy with the process of coming up with the idea for our project.  For me personally the inspiration came from the name of the radio program, “This American Life”.  I watch a lot of food shows that travel around the country and look at different culture through the lenses of the food they eat and I thought if I wanted to look at American culture through any way it would also be this and what is more American than burgers you know?