Do You Know Someone With Asthma??

Howdy All! This post isn’t related to communication other than that I am using our communications class to contact y’all.

On March 19th I am registered to participate in the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb to raise money for lung disease research.

I know you know someone with lung disease. Help me help them- stop on by my fundraising page and please donate some money.

Would you rather spend $10 to help your friends and family get over a shitty disease like asthma, or buy yourself like 2 drinks at the bar?? Remember, only you can prevent forest fires: both real and metaphorical.

The Semiotics of Weightlifting

(The perfect article for this post came up in my RSS feed earlier this week, so I planned what I was going to post all week before I realized I was assigned to do an AR and not an RR… I’m just going to make this RR anyway, but y’all can find my AR over here.)

For those of you who don’t know and didn’t watch the video there, the sport of Weightlfting (one-word, capitalized) refers to the strength sport practiced in the Olympics where athletes attempt to lift as much weight over their head as possible which is not standing on a stage in a speedo and making poses to show off your muscles.

As you can see in the above video around 0:14-0:17, Lydia Valentin does a thing where she pushes her knees forwards a bit which seems a bit strange since she had just put in a lot of effort to straighten them. Here’s Ilya Ilyin doing the same thing at 0:10-0:12:

That phenomemon has been called many names: ‘scoop’, ‘transition’, ‘second pull’, or worst of all ‘double-knee bend’. This article from the Catalyst Athletics blog discusses the existence of a ‘double knee bend’.

There are coaches out there who do not like to coach their athletes to do a double-knee bend. Weightlifting is a very technical sport, so the less an athlete has to think about during their lifts, the better and the double-knee bend should be a natural movement. It’s hard to see it in real time, but it is there in this amazing video:

Even though different coaches are all trying to get their athletes to do the same basic thing, different coaching styles and different phrases used are interpreted so differently that some receivers don’t even realize the truth of the movement.

The semiotics involved in the encoding and decoding of a message can have effects upon the real world. Even though the coach has a definite image of what they want their athletes to do, he cannot just put that image into his athlete’s heads and so must rely on a transmission through speech.