Select your object/case study (you might already have one in mind that you've cleared with me, or you can use this list to select one). Now consider the question below. Take 30 minutes to write a response to the below. If/as needed, take 30 minutes to skim resources online and to draw them into your response:
- What is collectively known/imagined about your case study/object? What role does it play in contemporary imaginaries? In fantasies (or nightmares)? What kinds of national narratives make use of it? How does it appear in entertainment? What other grand narratives, stories, and strong associations involve it (e.g., progress, risk, joy, fear, revolution, militarism, success, decline, horror, self-improvement, financial security, family security, independence, adolescence, origin stories, stories of difference, privilege, death, pornography, sports)? How do these matter for/in a practice or process of democracy?