There’s a strong point I’m taking from IM that text is only meaningful due to how it fits into the context of the signifiers around it. It’s quite convenient that we discuss context, meaning of text and relative perspectives in Comms Histories and Technologies. I think it’s pretty nifty that we can draw links between our academic studies.
Limitations and strengths.
My DoP and I were talking about our past experience in production of any sort, and I made a comment about how despite the fact that we were both ahead of most in our course due to prior experience, I still had to concede that he was vastly ahead of me. I remarked that it must have been his sheer amount of experience.
He then made two points as an alternative to that reasoning.
The first was that he knew his limitations better than most we had come across. As people who see nothing but the potential in things due to our youth, he felt that most did not fully grasp their limitations, and were too quick to overestimate themselves and their abilities. It was not a blind arrogance as much as it was a sincere but misplaced faith that determination and desire alone could bring anyone anywhere. Also, he felt that it was a fallacy to believe that wit training, anyone could be anything. He felt that people were naturally attuned to specific roles, such as my proficiency at organization. Understand what your strengths are, instead of assuming that your desire alone will motivate you, was crucial.
Second, he felt that many we had observed were consistently trying to push limitations rather than work within them. We agreed that pushing past limitations wasn’t a wholly bad thing, but it often required a lot more effort than we could entirely distribute amongst our other tasks. We felt that many of the flaws in our project were due to team members spending more time to work around and past limitations in a way to get what they really wanted into the production, but then put their other tasks on hold as they were too assured that they could get their desired goal, which would require us to change and work into that path.