Galleries of Student Hypertexts: The Interpretation of Cultures
This section of "What Is Culture?" consists of four galleries.
Each gallery contains an introduction, one or two model hypertexts which
are more or less permanent parts of the exhibit, and -- eventually -- a
number of student-authored hypertexts. If you are a WSU student interested
in contributing a hypertext to one of these galleries, or if you're interested
in proposing a new gallery, please contact the authors.
If you teach at WSU and would like your students to produce course projects
for display in these galleries, you, too, are encouraged to contact the
The goal here is to explore ways in which cultural systems operate. One
of the ideas we emphasize in our baseline
definition of culture is that culture is constantly being negotiated
-- a better understanding how cultural systems are shaped, reproduced
and changed gives you more power to participate in that process of negotiation.
Writing about these processes is one of the best ways to work toward that
The gallery topics here are arbitrary and overlapping, designed as a framework
for illustration rather than for definition; we encourage you to make connections
between these categories and to question the boundaries and distinctions
being made between them. We also encourage you to read the hypertexts in
these galleries with a critical eye -- all of the authors here, including
(and most importantly) the student authors, are attempting to illustrate
interpretive processes, but by no means are any of us claiming that our
interpretations or processes are definitive. They are, in fact, as relative
as is culture itself.
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