Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

Reading Time: 18 minutes This paper aims at providing a critical analysis of the video game “Persona 3”, examining the resemiotization and intersemiotics involved, in order to construct an intricate narrative, and build a new world. The plethora of cultural elements, and mythologies from all around the world, in combination with Carl Jung’s psychoanalytic, and the complex game-play, provide a unique experience for the player that can be perfectly analyzed under the light of semiotics. This video game could work as an example to illustrate and explain different notions of semiotics; beyond that, this dissertation could be the basis of further research that will, hopefully, contribute in the field of Semiotics of Video Games.

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Variations of an Elephant

Reading Time: 11 minutes Hongjin Song The Theme In China, all pupils will learn this story in their first or second grade in primary school: there was an elephant and a group of blind men. The blind men wanted to know what exactly an elephant was like, so they fumbled the elephant. The one who touched the ivory declared […]

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The Struggles of a Wanna-be Tartuvian Semiotician – Blog entry #22

Reading Time: 7 minutes More ketchup, please! It was a rather cold night, and I was sitting in the kitchen,. Having just finished eating my night snack, French fries with ketchup, I let the guilt and shame of calories fill the remaining empty space in my body. Once on the lips, forever on the hips. Where is self-love and […]

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A kaleidoscopic view of the future

Reading Time: 2 minutes By Siiri Tarrikas The latest Hortus Semioticus cover art was inspired to fit the issue’s theme: the future. I used bold colors and frames because the future unfolds before us as a kaleidoscopic world of mesmerizing colors, shapes, and emotions, shifting in response to changes in the environment or significant events—much like the patterns in […]

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When we refuse to suffer: Nonhuman technology.

Reading Time: 6 minutes Andrew Mark Creighton I am a big Jonathan Richman fan, and I’ve listened to his music continuously since I first heard the Modern Lovers’ recording of Road Runner when I was a teen. His music (along with the Modern Lovers) feels very sincere, rugged, or even unrefined. Listening to Richman feels like listening to a […]

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Kuidas õppida filmi vaadates mesilaste hingeelu kohta?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Karmen-Eliise Kiidron Ma pole kunagi tahtnud õpetajaks saada. Samas on aga haridus mulle alati oluline olnud, kas siis lihtsalt puhtast õpihimust või isegi (üli)õpilaste õiguste eest seistes. Semiootikatudengina on mulle palju huvi pakkunud meie transmeedia rühma töö. See on ütlemata põnev, kuidas film võib saada oluliseks osaks õppeprotsessis. Nii on transmeedia rühm loonud juba õppematerjale […]

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A Performing Artist in Semiotics or a Semiotic Student on Stage

Reading Time: 5 minutes By Shion Yokoo-Ruttas Last September, I found myself spontaneously being on stage, taking part in a dance audition for an upcoming performance project. I did not aim nor obtain the position I auditioned for since the project looked for a dance coach, preferably without any previous relation to performing arts as an art form. Nevertheless, […]

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Making Meaning with Morten and Martin

Reading Time: 16 minutes Interviewed by Thorolf van Walsum Though it is a pattern familiar to all those who have observed the development of many a young man, I account for my interest in Biosemiotics by placing it first in the context of worldly wonder. While other greenling spirits of the human sort have sought their existence’s fortunes on […]

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Umwelt Poems

Reading Time: 7 minutes Umwelt Poems “Should we not learn the lesson that, for example, the woods, which poets praise as the human being’s loveliest abode, is hardly grasped in its true meaning if we relate it only to ourselves?” — Jakob von Uexküll,  The biosemiotic project of articulating structures of sympathy between humans and non-humans is, in some […]

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hortus semioticus

Hortus Semioticus is a peer reviewed online journal of semiotics featuring new generation of semiotic researchers.

Hortus Semioticus on eelretsenseeritav semiootika võrguajakiri, mis on pühendatud uue põlvkonna semiootilistele uurimustele.


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Meie blogi on koht, kus semiootikahuvilised saavad vahendada mõtteid ja infot kõigest, mis loeb.