Certain sports teams have different logos and team colors and generally, when seeing that code, people know what team is being discussed in the media, regardless of the sport and even on different levels such as professional or college. The infamous # (hash tag) is becoming more popular as a symbol in media. It represents a trending topic on social media and where stories on Twitter or Facebook might be found which relate to a topic that might be discussed on television or even in a magazine. A pink ribbon is a code symbol for breast cancer awareness. A yellow ribbon is a code to bring soldiers back home. There really are symbols everywhere which point to American culture and when we see them, we recognize them pretty quickly.
2. In my environment, I recognize the symbols on college campuses of different athletic teams or sororities and fraternities. I know that logos are a major part of symbols which are used in the environment around us. Since I am a member of social media, I commonly will go to webpages online and see symbols for other social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Youtube and know that I can share information there or even find more information on a certain topic there. Television stations have their own symbols. NBC is obviously a peacock and when a show is on, the symbol pops up so that people know they are watching that television network. I notice crosses which are representative of a religious group. I know that I have been around people who display the Confederate flag which sometimes correlates with racism. Naturally, I have noticed that many people wear clothing with certain labels on them which stereotype them or give them a certain status. It is common to see people in UnderArmour clothing and the brand is labeled with a unique symbol and Victoria’s Secret line for girls often has PINK written on it so many people know that it’s a Victoria’s Secret item. The clothing appeals to a certain status.