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Family Tradition

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The CODE-X series catalogs a vast codex of source codes (aka “signs”) extracted from past audits.

The object of study in semiotics is not the signs but rather a general theory of signification; the goal of each “audit” is to build a model demonstrating how meaning is produced and received within a category or cultural territory. Signs on their own, therefore, only become truly revelatory and useful once we’ve sorted them into thematic complexes, and the complexes into codes, and the codes into a meaning map. We call this process “thick description”; the Code-X series is thin description.

FAMILY TRADITION” NORM: Passing along rituals and know-how.

FAMILY TRADITION” FORMS: Warm, almost literally fuzzy images — nostalgic. Holiday scenes. Often: moms cooking, dads fishing. Mostly sentimental, but can have an edge. Sense that by keeping past alive, you’re safeguarding future.

From a 2020 audit of the Parenting space. Thanks to Kelly Webster for the assist.

Tags: CODE-X, Parenting