chapter  6
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Representational Ideologies |

Try the following thought experiment. Describe your life without mentioning anyone you know. Now imagine making a video that illustrates who you are but never depicts family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, teachers, schoolmates, fellow commuters, or anyone else with whom you come in contact. Personally expressive media involves using words or images to share the self. But it is hardly possible to accomplish autobiography without involving biographies of other people (Henwood et al. 2001). Media makers commonly incorporate the stories of people whom they know and love in order to work through problems, express the self creatively, and experience and enjoy a shared life cycle. Once a person begins to depict or even describe other people, they have entered a zone of representation.