Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What would Saussure say . . .

about Lisa Simpson's conversations with the inhabitants of Springfield's Russian District?

Saussure would say that Lisa can't interpret what the "signs" of the outward emotions of the Russian inhabitants and the unfamiliar objects, such as the squid for sale, "signify". This is because she is outside of the Russian culture and therefore isn't versed in its "codes". Get home safely Lisa, but it's all right, that Russian guy screaming at you isn't as scary as he seems!

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