Pinterest: Pinning your interests in a Semiotic Landscape.
Collages of interests.
Go ahead, you know you want to. Pinterest is a fairly new site that lets you do it! Let's you combine all those things that appeal to you visually and pin them in one space.Semiotics is the study of signs, and in case would be those things you find symbolically appealing. Semiotic landscapes places this creative rhetoric into an interdisciplinary and thoroughly modern cross-section of personal interests. Where before we relied on the written word to tell us what we needed to know, we now are embracing more of the visual, although we always have done so, but the "critics" did not approve of it.
When drawn to Pinterest, one becomes much like a flaneur in Paris in the 19th century...we wander through pictures selecting that which makes us happy and or those things we wish to attain. Much like a manifestation board we select those thing that give us symbolic meaning and post them on our pages, as if to let the world in on a big secret: our interests, desires and motivations in life.
Having moved a large number of times, there are places that inspire nostalgia and memories, of the sights, the smells, the tastes and the ambiance of those things we have experienced. Should be wish to remind ourselves of what still needs to be done, we can allot a space to that as well. People, books, music, delicious food, architecture, art, and the list goes on, is all available to you in this spot.
One may upload pictures to their page to make it more personalized or just take from the wealth of information already posted and re-pin it to our page. Everything is shared in this space, and one is free to add, delete and upload in a leisurely manner. There had been some issues with the rules of the site, but after many complaints they relented telling the people on the site that they never intended to steal peoples pictures away from them to make money.
Semiotics can be read in every single experience of our lives. For instance, we can read a "a day", an encounter or a college campus. We can look at films, webpages and advertising and come up with the messages inherent in its viewed form. What we need to remember is that people do manipulate images with new technologies available so not everything we see is, in fact, pure.
Pinterest allows you to follow friends, comment, and share your favorite pictures. I am especially interested in knowing how people can relate to the images after a loved one passes, especially if they think they know their love one really well, but did not know they liked something they posted on this site. The truth is, if you are reinventing yourself as many of us do, our pages will reflect new interests and insights we heretofore had not considered as important.
There are so many things that have taken our time and attention online that we really do need lots of time to just stroll though and reflect on that which we deem to be important to us. The stroll through the Internet is circuitous and labyrinthine. Once involved in the site it is easy to get pulled in many different directions, and find yourself lost in the deep black abyss of the WWW.
Take a look at the collages made and the beautiful images portrayed and see what kind of inferences are made by use of visual imagery. You may find yourself to be quite the connoisseur of visual images, and you will expand your world in a new direction while having fun finding images that explain who you are and what you value.