Common Assignment – Armenian folk song
The artifact that I chose to analyze for my common a was an Armenian folk song. This artifact presented many challenges for analysis. Firstly the song was in a different language, a language barrier is a huge barrier for entry especially for analysis. It was all but impossible for me to glean meaning through the language of the song. For a while I was at a loss as to how to find meaning in the song, I went down all of my usual information routes, checking wikipedia, and Google for information on the song but could find nothing. Eventually after futilely searching for information; I came to the question “do I need to know what they are saying in order to understand the song?” This realization lead to me trying to analyze aspects of the song, other than the lyrics.
This second analysis of sorts lead to a few realizations. Firstly I realized that it is possible to find meaning even without comprehending the medium. Since I never comprehended a single word of the song, I needed to find meaning elsewhere so I began to more heavily examine the emotion and tone of the singers. Secondly I learned as a citizen of the US, I am inherently biased towards my own culture so from a global lens it is hard to achieve an idea of objective truth. One must understand other perspectives and recognize that theirs is not necessarily correct. This idea also helped me better grasp the concept of global citizenship. My experience with the song as an American is completely different from somebody else’s and we could glean different meaning from the same song. In the end, I never found the true meaning of the song but that is not to say I did not learn from it. I learned both how to try to find meaning even if I do not truly understand what is being said, and how to become a better global citizen through this understanding.