The Mirror - 2015 Learning Event Seven

What do you see in your reflection? What does the mirror say about you? What do you wish the mirror reflected? What truths are only known in the mirror?

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Throughout history, mirrors have held special significance. The Chinese myth of the Fauna of Mirrors suggests that there is an alternate universe beyond mirrors. In Greek mythology, we are reminded by the events of Narcissus and how he lost himself in his reflection, while Perseus was able to defeat the evil Gorgon Medusa. In Japanese myths, Amaterasu, the Shinto sun goddess is seized and returned to the sky after being tricked by her own reflection. In the religious rituals of the Aztecs, magicians would use black obsidian to divine the future from Tezcatlipoca, the god of rulership and sorcery. 

What do you see in the mirror? What do you divine about your future, or your past given what you see in the reflection? Can the mirror bring you somewhere? What does the mirror say about you? What does the mirror reflect about your digital identity? What does the mirror possibly communicate to you? What myths does the reflection of the mirror hold for you?

Your response for the seventh learning event

Read and annotate Two Fusiliers by Robert Graves. 

Review the following video by Michael Jackson.

Consider the meaning and aspects of reflection in the two texts. What common threads and elements are found across the texts? What truth do the two authors of these texts share about reflection? What is our role in this events? What role should our own reflections play as motivated by these texts? What truths and possible futures are only known in the reflection?

Play, create, and share a text of your own in which you capture what you see in your reflection. You might consider the reflection you see in the mirror as you brush your teeth, or a reflection of your digital identity. Consider the mystery, mythology, magic inherent in the mirror, and looking at our own reflections. Consider the power that is assumed as the mirror may possibly be able to take us to a new place.

You might choose to use Soundcloud to record and or annotate a version of the Michael Jackson song shared above. You might also choose to remix the video using a mockup in Mozilla Popcorn.

Capture and share this reflection and share it out to the #WalkMyWorld hashtag. Keep an eye on the hashtag and favorite, retweet, and respond to the work of others.

A guiding example

Project participant and friend of the Internet Kevin Hodgson (@dogtrax) created and shared this blog post on Digital IS in which he reflected on the avatars that represent his digital identity. 

Top image CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Mikey
Middle image CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Ken Douglas
Bottom image CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Bill Gracey