What is Ideology?

Well Ideology in the Althusserian sense who proposed both spiritual and materialistic conception of ideology, is “the imaginary relation to the real conditions of existence”. It can be described as a set of conscious and unconscious ideas which make up one’s goals, expectations and motivations. An ideology is a comprehensive normative vision, meaning that it is a set of standards that are followed by people, government, or other groups that is considered the “norm”, it is how we are bought up on how to live our lives with a whole lot of boundaries,a way of looking at things, as argued in several philosophical tendencies. It can also be a set of ideas proposed by the dominant class of society to all members of society, as suggested in some Marxist and critical-theory accounts. While the concept of “ideology” describes a set of ideas broad in its normative reach, an ideology is less encompassing than the ideas expressed in concepts such as worldview, imaginary and ontology.

Karl Marx

Karl Marx  was a philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist. Marx’s work in economics laid the basis for much of the current understanding of labour and its relation to capital, and subsequent economic thought. Marx’s theories about society, economics and politics—the collective understanding of which is known as Marxism—hold that human societies progress through class struggle: a conflict between an ownership class that controls production and a dispossessed labouring class that provides the labour for production. States, Marx believed, were run on behalf of the ruling class and in their interest while representing it as the common interest of all. – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Marx

Ideology on Terrorism

Ideology refers to the system of abstracted meaning applied to public matters, thus making this concept central to politics. People from other cultures and religions from our own will have different beliefs which may disagree to ours or maybe agree. Recently in class we had a little debate on terrorism from the tragic event that happened in France. Before i go in to detail with this performance of understanding the ideology i just want to say that i am totally against terrorism and what they do is absolute vile.

Now the activist group known as ISIS (IS) preform all these awful acts against society which causes major uproar in social media and pretty much everywhere, they are one of the most hated groups on earth. Anyway their ideological way of life is a hell of a lot different to ours, they believe that when they preform these attacks that they are doing the “right thing” and will go to a “better place” if they do so. They believe that whoever doesn’t think the way they do should be eliminated, thus doing so will please their “God”. Growing up there in their society being trained to kill is like being potty trained over here, its all in how you are brought up. Like for example with our way of life we believe it is completely frowned upon to kill someone though animals kill other animals all the time to live, kind of like a survival of the fittest and they’re doing just fine and no one gets worked up about it. Ideology is the way you think the meaning of life is, groups like ISIS help theirselves by feeding people a lot of lies which gullible and young people believe and begin to follow them in their “meaning of life” unfortunately.

Ideology on Design and Media

Ideology kind of refers to an individuals opinion on a specific object or event, Ideology links on how to understand your target audience in a way, you must think and put yourself in someone else’s shoes, this is where i went wrong in my type tour project. you’ve got to think of others opinions and judgement which is very hard as I wouldn’t really like to slate my own work but you have to look at the bad points too. I’ve been reading this article that quotes “Design magazines today have lost their critical edge and are little more than catalogues”, “This is because there are no longer any coherent design movements to write about”and “Now there is no more ideology, All the world is very confused, all the world is very violent. There are too many different possibilities.” – http://www.dezeen.com/2015/06/26/alessandro-mendini-interview-no-more-ideology-design-magazines-kartell-claudio-luti-proust-chair/

I do believe that Ideology does make life a lot more harder and also it makes it feel as if we’re all robots trapped inside someones sick little mind game. Though there are more words that tell the audience about a design piece I believe that it is better to show more design in which opens up the viewers creative mind and gives them their own opinion on what they believe it is. I find that Ideology is an extremely deep theory in which to explore and does result into arguments most of the time.