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When we welcomed you here to RelationShaping.com on March 26, 2008, it was a major moment for us as a realization of an idea we had way back on November 10, 2005 in Urban Semiotic as we redefined how we reform each other in a modern world in an article called: “Virtual Relationshaping.”
The killing of Neda Agha-Soltan during the election turmoil in Iran has become an instant semiotic full of rage and mortal memeing. Neda’s bloody death mask is now the face of hope for repressed Iranian citizens looking for a way out of the morass of religious repression.
I spend a lot of time on the internet and lately I’ve seen the following blue avatar popping up in use many different places by separate people. Have you seen this blue image before? If so, do you know its semiotic and semantic meanings?
As technology progresses, so too, must the criminal element. In a previous article — Shoes on a Wire — we learned that in the urban core, shoes hanging on a wire can indicate the house below sells drugs. As cities “urbanize” neighborhoods, and the “wire utilities” are taken underground instead of up in the air, the “Shoes on a Wire” semiotic is rendered memeingless. The new semiotic for selling drugs, according the Vice Cops on Spike TVHD, is “a single shoe” tossed on a roof as exampled in the generic image below.
The days of the static, semantic, classroom are over. Now, with the rise of real-time video, teaching and learning becomes dynamic, semaphoric, changeable and semiotically recordable for the eternity of history.