Tuesday, February 12, 2008

"Love Story" assignment

Hi CBers,

In honor of Valentine's Day, your next assignment is to write a love story, due next Tuesday (2.19).

In this short personal essay, please describe something that is or has been priceless to you. Did you buy this special item or was it a gift (or a find…)? Is this item still in use, a thing of the past, or something you could use in the future? If you don't have it anymore, tell me what happened to this item. Most importantly, WHY is this item so meaningful for you? In other words, tell me all about something you'd run back into a burning building to retrieve.

This story can be funny, sad, sweet, etc. as long at it's true and from the heart. If you think you've written a good one, I'll encourage you to read it in class. If you've written something really personal that you don't want to share with anyone (but me), I'll honor that wish.

Please DON'T write about your first girl/boyfriend (or your current gf/bf), your mother, or your dog. I don't doubt you have much love for all of them, but the point of this exercise is to dig into how consumers interact with inanimate objects, and to examine why certain items become so important to certain people.

Good luck, have fun, happy Valentine's Day!

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