Intertextuality Video

So, number 1 F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is my favorite show ever. Number 2, this compilation of “catch phrases” spans over the full 10 seasons of the sitcom and does a great job in showing repeatability. In our reading it says that intertextuality breaks down into iterability and presupposition. Interability refers to the “repeatability” of certain textual fragments, references, and quotations within a discourse, but also unannounced sources and influences, chinches, phrases in the air, and traditions.

That being said, this video shows intertextuality at play by demonstrating how each character truly uses specific catch phrases, unique to their character. For example, Monica’s “I know!”‘s and Joey’s “How you doin”‘s. As you can see in the video, each time a character is shown saying their catch phrase, it is from a different episode. It’s a different scene with different clothes, on a different day, with different meaning. These catch phrases are traces, or pieces of other texts that help constitute its meaning. So, “how you doin” is a commonly heard pick up line, and many people familiar with the TV show go on to say it with Joey’s voice. Regina Falangie is not a real person, but anyone who is a part of the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. discourse community, understands the meaning and usage of the name, Regina Falangie.

I also thought it was interesting to see how all the other characters pick up each others catch phrases when appropriate or to make jokes at one of the FRIENDS. If your are not a FRIENDS fan, the clipping together of scenes may be hard to understand, but I am cracking up watching it! Another interesting thing I picked up on, was not only what they say, but how they say it.

When another FRIEND uses another FRIEND’s catch phrase, intertextuality is being in play, specifically iterablitiy/repeatability, because they are referencing quotations within their discourse.

This was cool… I deff got a better understanding of intertextuality and discourse community. So, the FRIEND’s discourse community would be things like each other, Central Perk, Rachel’s would be her people at Ralph Lauren, ext.


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