Discussion 1- Look Closer
This discussion begins with the concept of the normative value of the actual. This refers to the idea that what is out there, around us every day, seems normal. That what is always around us seems right.
So let us think a moment about the word “normal.” We say this all the time. But what do we really mean when we call things ‘normal?’
Artists, scientists, writers, parents, teachers constantly question the notion of what makes something ‘normal.’ Now it is your turn!
You task for the initial post is to describe a particular “normal” cultural phenomenon that you encounter often. It can be anything- school, movies, ads, a show, a trend… anything.
Explain why and how you came across this phenomenon, and try to account for its categorization as ‘normal.’ Does everyone do / think / say this thing? Does no one question it? Do people seem to accept it? For how long? Is it traditional? New?
After you’ve explained the phenomenon, write a few questions encouraging your colleagues to join you in looking closer at this “normal” part of our culture. You could also write a few sentences offering some insight as to why the phenomenon might NOT be normal after closer inspection.