Tuesday, April 24, 2012


American society’s doctrine constantly fluctuates. They pass their beliefs on through a combination of oral, visual, and written historical mythology that has been combined with hyperbole and fantasy. The resulting stories convey a multitude of ideas, often conflicting and often repetitious. Instead of choosing a single story as absolute, however, Americans choose to create multiple versions of these myths. Rearranging the circumstances of a generalized story allows repetition of beliefs, themes, and actions while altering the overall message. In doing so, Americans can reinforce ideologies with updated content that new generations can understand and relate to. 


Reinterpretation of older stories, either by rewatching or recreating, often produces different conclusions than what was initially intended. Most often the original value becomes completely irrelevant, making that narrative null to the current society. Occasionally, the value mutates into something wholly different, especially in remakes.  This change may be an action, type of individual, or belief that shifts from mundane to idealized/demonized, or vice versa. Most rarely, but most central to American doctrine, the new conclusion is exactly the same as it was in the past. These reinforce the core of their belief system.


Monologues, one liners, and catchphrases from such story become a part of daily practice. These mimemes carry America’s cultural ideas, symbols and practices. The proverbial phrases impart knowledge and understanding even without context.  An individual not knowing where the axiom comes from still accepts it as a truth of American mythology. 

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