Beauty Defined

(Individual interpretative processes and social/experiential contexts)

... “Beauty is truthtruth beauty,—that is all. Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, so goes the adage. Every person has his or her own perception of what beauty is; what may be beautiful to one person may not necessarily be beautiful to others. These varied perspectives may be shaped by our own belief systems, faith, education, culture, and the result of past experiences with our circle of people around us and the environment. We give different meanings to beauty based on how our mind would process every encounter with what we perceive as beautiful, may it be a person, situation, thing, or activity. Our mind continuously tries to make sense of these encounters combined with what we believe in and create our own judgement and concept of it.

What is beauty?

Through the in-class discussion we were able to come up with a shared understanding of what beauty is despite the different approaches in defining it through our collages. We learned that we may be seeing beauty similarly like the memories with family but may differ in appreciation of an erupting volcano as a wonderful sight.

Traditional information needs and uses studies focused on objective information, that is, constructed “information”, mainly as something that has some element of correspondence to reality. The alternative paradigm focuses on the uniqueness of the life-worlds of users who are constructed as actively seeking and making sense of information (Dervin and Nilan 1986). This exercise taught me that information may not just be objective or subjective but construct as well. But then this is just my initial thought as there are more to discover in the coming lectures

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