Analogy Assignment January 26, 2009Posted by leskanturek in Analogy, Analogy Assignment, Class Assignments.
Tags: Analogy Homework, NPR This American life
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For your next assignment you are going to create an analogy for one or more of the following stories (audio) from NPR’s This American life:
18: Liars (11.01.2002) http://www.thislife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=18
396: #1 Party School (10.18.1999) http://www.thislife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?sched=1330
Bring in at least six different sketches, on separate sheets of paper, not in your sketchbook, either Horz. or vertical (base it on 8 X 10) . Each of these audio episodes contains a few stories so either pick one story or the overall theme. Your finish will be in color.
I would like you to write notes. What is this story really about? Create a list of adjectives to describe characters and themes in the story. Some questions to ask yourself to get started:
- Try sketching using the 3 different types of analogies we talked about in class; logical analogy, affective analogy and a paradoxical analogy.
- If this story involved animals what kind of animals would they be?
- As a machine/object what kind would it be? A fairy tale /fable?
- Look at something totally unrelated and force yourself to have it conform to your story like the xerox sheets we did in class.
- As you’re sketching be aware of clichés. Can they be avoided? If you’re thinking about using a cliché is there a twist you can add to it?
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Analogies January 21, 2009Posted by leskanturek in Analogy, Class Topics, Handout Sheets.
Tags: Analogies, Concept Trigger
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An analogy is a comparison between different items usually with the idea of explaining something unknown by something known. Analogies provide insight. They can suggest that some how similarities exist between things that might seem to have nothing in common.
Analogies are every where, In literature; “U-boats prowled the coast of the island like hungry sharks…”, or ”He was a tall as a mountain and as strong as an ox”. In music, for example Prokofiev’s musical symphony for children- Peter and the wolf (Peter youtube link) . In PATW a range of Instruments represent different characters in the story; The Duck is an oboe, Grandfather is a bassoon, the bird is a flute. Philosophy is frequently conveyed in analogies; “be like the sapling in the wind, bending but not breaking…”. For Many years people in business studied “the Art of War” by Sun Tzu and the book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. Both books, detailing strategies for making war on your enemies were seen as analogies for business tactics (think hostile corporate take over’s and getting ahead of the competition).
(Above) The Book of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho) By Miyamoto Musashi 1645
Below are three types of Analogies:
- Logical analogies; Seek similarities between things that are different but have some trait in common. i.e.: a duck to an amphibious boat, or the branch system of a tree to the vascular system of the human body.
- Affective Analogies: Are emotional similarities, ie: a pretty girl is like a flower or someone evil is a snake or a skunk. A timid person is a mouse.
- Paradoxical Analogies: Illogical combinations of images that evoke powerful emotional responses; our minds tell us no logical reason exists for these images to be together, yet since they are together we‘re forced to reconcile them. (also see class exercises).
Analogies not only are a way of explaining a complicated phenomenon or situation in terms we are already familiar with, they also excite our creative spirit. Here is a link to Pete Seeger’s 1967 song Waist Deep in the Big Muddy. This song was recognized as a metaphor for the increasingly escalated war in Vietnam, so much so that CBS censored the song prior to it’s broadcast on the Smothers Brothers show.
My Favorite Analogy
Okay this might be a little self indulgent but this is a blog after all. My favorite analogy (paradoxical if I’m being precise) is the “This is your Brain on Drugs ” PSA first aired in 1987. It was used as part of an anti-drug campaign by the Partnership for a drug Free America ( a non-profit initiated by the American Association of Advertising Agencies) . The spot invited a number of spoofs and there actually is a Fried Egg Message website.