WHEN SYMBOLS CHANGE: HOW DO WE DECIDE WHAT SYMBOLS BECOME WHAT


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“What they mean today may be different tomorrow.”


meanings

Man throughout history have always used symbols as a means to get a message across. A lot of these symbols have been images and not words because the power of the imagery last longer. But what happens when words or images change their meanings? Who is behind the changes and why? Also, who decides how long something stays a symbol before it changes?

many changes

Throughout history symbols have changed and for many different reasons. The rainbow first was a symbol to show Noah there would never be a great flood. It moved into the symbol of peace, then commandeered by the Gay community as a symbol of LGBT pride. We don’t quit know the faces or the names that change things, but they do, and the change has major impacts.

symbols

The symbols below are the major symbols throughout history that have changed:

SWASTIKA

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  • A symbol that was once the symbol of prosperity, good-will, and blessings for the Hindu community is now the symbol of the slaughter of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.
STAR OF DAVID

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  • This is the symbol by which Jews use to express their unity in the community has been used by American street gangs.
SKULL AND CROSS BONES

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  • This has meant for so long a symbol of death, but has also been popularized with poison, pirates, gangs, and even entertainment (rock music).
RAINBOW FLAG

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  • This has been the symbol of the LGBT community, but for so long prior it has been a symbol of peace, but at first biblical.

what next

Now moving forward, what will be the next symbol change? Because every generation changes something in the world. I bought a shirt that I liked, but didn’t realize once I got home that it was the symbol of the Communist party. No big deal today, but would have been a major issue when my mother was young. The video below is from a YouTube clip on symbols from a TED Talk.


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I am from Racine, Wisconsin where I was raised until I graduated high school back in the year 2006. That entire time growing up in my mother's house, I was a student athlete. My goal was to embark on a general business career or athletics. But injuries through sports stopped a sports path, so I decided upon business with a focus in marketing. While attending undergraduate school at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, I began to write screenplays in my senior year. At first it was for fun, but I quickly learned writing allow me to transfer negative energy into characters I created. This led to a decrease in depressing mood swings, which in turn boosted my quality of life. After undergraduate school in May of 2011, I move to New York City for graduate school. While pursuing my MBA, I continued to write screenplays, but always wanted to write novels as well. I finished graduate school back in the year 2014, but wrote screenplays until I began thinking of my first short film, first First Day Fears. While finishing my fifth feature length screenplay, I started to write my first novel this year. So far, I have finished my first short film and working on my next one (Freedomless Speech), and recently self published my first novel (The Boy Who Could Talk To God) and short stories book (Faheem Jackson Short Story Collection Volume 1). My feature length screenplays have been put on temporary hold to finish my short films and books, but I am making good progress on my sixth feature length screenplay. With year 2017 ending, I am currently writing my novel Precinct 86 and Faheem Jackson Short Story Collection Vol. 2. I have started teaching myself photography and will pursuing that by summer of 2018, along with my videography, podcast later on, and more research for my documentary.

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