Analyze This (in class post #1)

  1. Describe Rashomon and what it is a metaphor for: The film Rashomon is essentially a metaphor for the subjective view of truth. Due to the fact that each person provided a differing account of the three crimes that occurred, it was proven that details and experiences of truth vary based on the person who is giving the information. The wayfarer becomes the jury who listens to all of the accounts and tries to make sense of them and find the “real” story. At the end, each involved party wanted to make him or herself appear better or with better moral fiber. For example, the wife was viewed as loyal and the samurai as courageous, but that is not necessarily their true personalities.

2. Differences between transmission and cultural view of communication:

Transmission – Transmission refers to the simple and most common form of communication in our culture. Carey talks about its origins from the metaphor of geography and transportation. The “dictionary” definition, so to speak. According to Carey, a synonym for this would be “sending.”

Cultural view – Not as simplistically defined as transmission, the cultural view refers to our ritualistic view of communication. Transmission mode may be common, but cultural view is older – almost “archaic,” as Carey says. It can be defined as “sharing.” It has its roots in religion and focuses more on the message itself, not the sender or medium by which the message is being transmitted.


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