Sunday, 28 November 2010

Vague description of my dissertation.

The research I have been doing for my dissertation has been concerned with peoples’ experience of the world, how our daily interactions with our environment enables us to form identities and attachments, in order to contain our experiences in a way to make sense of them. I proposed that the desire for movement is an innate desire people have, and that the idea of travel is embedded in our collective imagination.
 My research led me to the idea of imagination as ‘a collective social fact’; an idea suggested in the book Modernity at Large, by Arjun Appadurai . There is a feeling that in the modern world we experience a severed relationship with authenticity, that is to say, the structures and rituals of modern life interfere in some way with true experience. The tourism industry has used this idea to sell holidays to us with the promise of authentic experience. The collective imagination described by Appadurai is a reaction to this feeling, and many complicated factors that leads to the imagination, the image, the imagined, being an integral aspect of our experiences.
The effects of globalisation, the global flow of people, media, technology and information has significantly changed how we see the world...
I have been examining what constitutes truth from a variety of perspectives, the first being the objective approach of tourism, which led me onto exploring how a child experiences the world. Then I wrote about the social/political effects of global culture. Recently I have been writing about the constructed truths in cinema, using Herzog’s Aquirre Wrath of God as an example of an antithesis to the constructed images of mainstream cinema.