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Making Do with What We’ve Got

In everything we do, I think we apply our own ideas and practises to it.
De Certeau has a lot in common with Adrian’s lectures and ideas I found while doing the reading. Adrian shuns the way society works and (especially) how VCE asses us, in much the same way that de Certeau recognises.

What is counted is what is used, not the ways of using. (pg. 35)

I feel this is true for a lot of academic study, when perhaps it shouldn’t be. Assessors look for specific keywords and a particular structure or layout in assignments/essays etc, not necessarily how information has been used and deciphered. How many awesome and intelligent students didn’t excel in VCE because they failed to use the basic “TEEL” essay structure (ew)? It’s sad that we’ve been conditioned like this, to follow a articular pattern and not make use of what information we have in the creative way that best suits us.

De Certeau uses the example of “a North African living is Paris or Roubaix”:

[he] insinuates into the sustem imposed on him by the construction of a low-income housing development or of the French language the ways of “dwelling” (in a house or language) peculiar to his native Kabylia. (pg. 30)

People considered ‘foreign’ in a certain country have simply found their own way of coping in the new environment – and that’s pretty cool!

It’s no different, really, to the work we carry out in this course. We “make do” with what we have. We are not all magical media students with shiny Macbook Pro laptops and digital SLR cameras that produce “spectacular” work by the world’s standards, but we use what we have (our iPhones, crappy old digital cameras, webcams, Samsungs, and so on). We just use what we have.

And from what I’ve seen, people can produce amazing work even when they don’t have the equipment to fit that stereotype of “Media Student”.


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