Symbols

We were talking about symbols during the last half of class and it got me thinking.  They were some good examples of symbols that we mentioned in class, and I wish I gave the example of Washington, D.C.  Unfortunately, I didn’t think about it until I was out the door…my timing is impeccable.

In any case, the architecture of Washington are symbols.  From the streets being named after states, to the relative positions of the White House to the Capitol building, Washingtonians are awash in symbols.  After living here in this city so long it is easy to forget or become oblivious.  It really brings home the point that Dr. Hayden was making about the Carey reading: there is a lot more to communication than the ways in which we traditionally practice it (journalism, strategic communications, etc).  The use of symbols as a mode of communication are more subtle but no less interesting.

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