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The Semiotics of Cigarettes, Sexy Shoes, and Some Other Stuff

Sep 6, 2018

Semiotics is the study of sign process, which is to say: it's the science of the search for meaning.

And then, part of the underlying premise of semiotics -- which just happens to be part of the underlying premise of The Colin McEnroe Show, itself -- is that there's meaning... everywhere.

Why do people smoke cigarettes even though everyone knows they're terribly harmful? Why do women where terribly uncomfortable high-heeled shoes? Could it simply be because those things are... interesting?

This hour: a crash course in the study of meaning-making, in the science of semiotics.

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.