Class Notes 3/7/16

Nersessova’s Tapestry of Space Who is the audience? People interested in homelessness Photographers/tourists Homeowners Policy makers What is the purpose? As an eye opener To critique capitalism or other facets of our economics system To think differently about our position and relative precariousness To inform What is the context? Written in 2014 Economic recovery from housing market crash and recession Wages are still stagnant, and a lot of people are still renting People are just emerging from their status of homelessness Republican controlled Congress with a Democratic president Government gridlock What is her argument? Links media to customer desire Media images create desire in customers A lot of people got interested in making a lot of money, and did not think about the consequences it would have on others. Analyses Morton’s photographs to show the real side of everything The real images of homelessness Does not arouse consumer desire, instead it raises feelings of empathy Counter agents of images seen in the media We should be changing the way we think about homelessness, and understand the psychological aspects of it. Nersessova critiques homelessness, but she does not provide a solution for it...

The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of NYC

When I was growing up, I have heard many special quotes and sayings. One saying that always stayed on my mind was “Home is where the heart is”. This quote means different things for different people especially to the homeless people of New York City. In Margaret Morton’s book, The Tunnel, the people of the Amtrak Tunnel came together to tell their tales of their lives before and during the tunnel. As it seemed that one man, Bernard, brought most of these people together, the lives in the tunnel showed how the diversity of people with this much amount of space given can bring people together to make them a different kind of community. Bernard has lived in the tunnel for about ten years. He talks about how he came to the tunnel and how he survives. He finds food in the dumpster and sometimes he would go out to D’Agostino’s to get some grapes. Apparently he is an amazing cook, so he cooks for Larry (another man of the tunnel) and himself. He goes on to tell many other small stories about his times in the tunnel and his times of the past. After Bernard’s story, many others start to fall into place. Bob treats the tunnel as a place where he was able to rethink his life and find out who he is. This is because the tunnel allows these people to create space for themselves. They are able to build their own “homes” and decorate the inside of them. All is not safe in the city for some of the residence. People like Manny, who has...
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