The Modern Representation of Voice

Does everyone have a voice? What has changed over the last few hundred, or even thousands of years? How has voice moved from largely belonging to one person in a crowd of thirty orally, passed on through memory, to being more textual, communal, and from the young to the old?

This topic is meant to explore the path of "voice" from the past to the present and perhaps with speculations on the future, in terms of thoughts, opinions, etc. being heard – whether it be through writing, singing, or any other verbal form.

  • The thesis of course would have to be condensed quite a bit. Perhaps focus on a particular group (e.g. minorities) as depicted in a particular art. For example, one could trace the 'voice' of black Americans throughout the work of Spike Lee's film--tracing it chronologically through his work. – Cielesia 9 years ago
  • That's a great suggestion Cielesia! Another one, going off of that, might be the juxtaposition of different groups, different times, and the cross-section of the two - for example: when groups started merging due to increased migration and technology – kathleensumpton 9 years ago
  • I like where this is going. There is a lot to say on this topic. – DSantoyo 9 years ago
  • This is so broad of a topic that I think you might get a little bogged down... One could easily write a dissertation on this and still not say everything there is to address! Are you looking to focus on rhetoric? Dialect? Performativity? I think maybe if the scope was narrowed... Could you focus this to a couple of television shows, maybe through some juxtaposition of the writers' voices, or how the characters are given voice? Or maybe the culture behind the voice and rhetoric that goes with fanfiction? Just some ideas of "narrowed" topics -- there are a *ton* of directions you could go, and pretty much all of them interesting. Best of luck! – rhettrichx 9 years ago

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