Reality is a system of signs

In the final paragraph of the introduction to Semiotics for Beginners by Daniel Chandler, he writes (I’ve broken it into shorter paragraphs for easier reading):

Semiotics is important because it can help os not to take “reality” for granted as something having a purely objective existence which is independent of human interpretation. It teaches us that reality is a system of signs. Studying semiotics can assist us to become more aware of reality as a construction and of of the roles played by ourselves and others in constructing it.

[Studying semiotics] can help us to realize that information or meaning is not “contained” in the world or in books, computers or audio-visual media. Meaning is not “transmitted” to us—we actively create it according to a complex interplay of codes or conventions of which we are normally unaware. […]

The study of signs is the study of the construction and maintenance of reality

The above was posted to my personal weblog on September 18, 2003. My name is Peter Lindberg and I am a thirtysomething software developer and dad living in Stockholm, Sweden. Here, you’ll find posts in English and Swedish about whatever happens to interest me for the moment.


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