PAGE IN PROGRESS What you see here is a page of my hypertext book POWER of meanings // MEANINGS of power. Initially empty, this page will slowly be filled with thoughts, notes, and quotes. One day, I will use them to write a coherent entry, similar to these completed pages. See this post to better understand my creative process. Thank you for your interest and patience!
No intentionality on this level
power of her beauty: beauty used intentionally (micro power) beauty used intentionally - discourse- beauty is in the the of the beholder - macropower maybe (often is?) a combination
Meanings as example of macropower Meaning of money
Language has power over us: this is actually a form of macro power. Language existed through people, so what has power over an individual is other individuals, although some of these individuals may have more micro power than others.
Social constructs as macropower money: most people need to accept meanings of money in order for the economic system to function. Some of the individuals who contribute to the macropower of money may be actually really disadvantaged by the economic system (poor people). Having less micro power does not mean not being part of macropower.
A short boy in school may feel embarrassed and disadvantaged by his height. His other qualities do not matter because, according to expectations of his culture, boys are supposed to be tall, not short. [girls are called "shorty" in an endearing way] macropower determines micropower - expectations of his environment determine what the short boy can do; but also determine what other kids can tell him about his height
Sapiens: myths that support social order chapter 8: vicious circles of castes (India) and race (US)