please write the familiar to strange brainstorm based on requirements given below
I want you to find something extremely familiar to you and deconstruct it until it is strange (Please read the Nacirema article, I have uploaded below). The article does this with many objects. You only have to do it with one. I want you to see the item you choose as something else, not from another point of view, but AS SOMETHING ELSE. For example, people in Avila, Ecuador realize that things are different to jaguars than they are to humans. To a human, blood is a warning sign. To a jaguar, blood is liquor. Find an object that you rarely give a second thoughtâ€”an object that is normal to youâ€”and see what else it is.
As a baby-step towards this abstract piece of creative writing you will be doing as the final paper (which counts as your final exam), create a structured brainstorm.
Turn in a list of 10 objects that are very common in your universeâ€”like the Nike Air Jordan sneaker, a bottle of your favorite nail polish, your motherâ€™s jade-inlayed chop sticks, or a shaker of Tajin. Choose one of these objects and write about it non-stop for 2 minutes. Stop writing at exactly two minutes and listen to your intuition. As you listen, think about the following questions (donâ€™t write the answers).
- Does this object mean something more to your culture than meets your eye? (an eye that is encumbered by that culture)
- In writing about the object for 2 minutes, did it start to become rarified?
- Did you start to see that it might play an important role in the sociality of your universe?
- Did you start to see that your ________ (fill in the blank with something like, â€œshaker of Tajinâ€) might play a more important role in your culture than simply _________ (fill in the blank with the face-value use of the object. In the case of Tajin, â€œseasoning your mangoâ€)?
- Do you think this object is, in some way, a microcosm of some aspect of your culture?
Keep repeating the 2-minute quick-write activity with different objects until you find an object for which you can answer YES to at least 4 of those questions. Then, declare what that object is and write 100 words about why you chose it. This is the object around which your final paper will revolve.
Now, you might be thinking: â€œWait, I thought anthropology was the study of humans. Here he wants us to write about objects?â€ Yes. Yes I do. Because in writing about an object you will realize that the object is a cultural construct. Where there is culture, there are humans. By making you write about an object, I am making you write more about humans than if I made you write about humans.
To recap: for this brainstorm assignment, you will turn in your 10-word brainstorm, as many 2-minute quick-writes as you needed to do (at least 1), and the 100 word explanation of which object you chose and why.