Subvertisement project instructions:
Certainly we’ve talked a lot about how and by what our personal agency is constrained. Some of you have no doubt been brought to tears considering the various and powerful forces to which we’re inevitably subjected-whether by history, language, gender, race, class, all those laws and actores-all that cultural context.
But now we’re going to take a look at how our personal agency is enabled by the context in which we find ourselves. You will leave high school with something to think about. This is not a rallying cry or a call to revolution; nor is it an invitation to aggression or transgression of any kind. It is, a challenge to liberate some truth.
Keep in mind that agency “is always a response to already given contexts… The creativity of the response-the way it works and reworks pre-existing codes-is finally the measure of a subjective action. Even in places where things seem static, there’s actually a lot going on. And that’s why we need a [theory] toolbox, to work on the present, to affect it, to build a present to live in.”
You have options. You have agency. Above is a subvertisement. First, you’ll identify how you as an individual have been constituted as a subject in some form of your high school ideology. After much thought and discussion-you will respond to, challenge, resist, subvert, recontextualize, re-mix some of the tools of your high school’s ideology. You can think of it as a creative cultural resistance, but the emphasis is on creative. The goal is to make what might be invisible visible: identify an ideology taken for granted that we forget it’s there.