What’s Resonated With You So Far

18 Mar

We  have explored a variety of issues in lecture and in our discussions sections surrounding the media: image, censorship, image, identity, vernacular, control, manipulation, literacy, free thinking, etc… So far what’s resonated with you? Draw from our readings and discussion to explore an issue and briefly discuss in a paragraph or so what’s resonated with you.

This is due Thursday March 21, 2013 at 5:00pm.


4 Responses to “What’s Resonated With You So Far”

  1. lutherling12 March 19, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    (Would you like us to reply to this post via comment or make a new post to submit?
    I’m going to post mine here and move it later if needed.)

    The topic I find most interesting during the lecture and discussions is visual vernacular; to be able to discuss how images provided and altered by the media can imply or communicate certain ideas and observe the magnitude to which it affects our perceptions of reality and identity. There was also a passage in All Consuming Images about how photos allow for gateway to the subconscious because we can now capture fleeting moments in between actions that we normally wouldn’t perceive actively. I find these topics interesting because they, in some ways, demonstrate the polar opposite of Rene Descartes’ philosophy; people are immersed by and form their identity according their perceptions. This causes problems not only because people are transposing altered images upon reality, but people are looking at homogenized identities and, ironically, adapting them under the guise of individuality.

    • Makia Harper March 19, 2013 at 3:10 am #

      Luther, thanks for your insightful and timely response. The language of and the construction of images as we’ve learned lies at the core of early media culture. I think that the last line of your post is quite powerful and well said. It speaks to the quote “Individualism is an optical delusion”. Please go ahead and post this to the blog.

  2. avane73 March 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    The lone man standing before tanks in Tienamen Square. The World Trade Center buildings with smoke pouring from their wounds. The atomic cloud hovering over Nagasaki. They’re images that, respectively, have inspired rebellion, instigated retaliation, and silenced warring nations. Words carry their own sway, but a picture transcends language barriers. It serves as its own perspective on the world, and traps our triumphs and our tragedies in a single, visual memorial that survives even the most scathing op-ed piece. Pictures are timeless, and their power is boundless. Is it even possible to wrangle the strength of an image in the world of social media? Often an image will outlast its accompanying text. Images have always manipulated the mood of nations, and now they have the power to do that on a much faster and wide-spread scale. For the rest of our lives pictures will come to us faster, clearer, and with more gavitas than ever before. It’s got to be up to the viewer to use discretion, to get to the bottom of where their information came from. It’s a time for objective thinking, and considering all sides. It’s no no longer a man with a camera, it’s a world on screen. The only way you end up manipulated is if you accept the images the way they’re sold. Social Media has given the world every angle on a silver platter, and that means every man, woman, and child has to be their own journalist.

  3. nquinto1 March 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    What’s resonated with me so far is the revealing history of the emergence of media beginning with the invention of the printing press. With this machine entrepreneurs were able to profit off the proliferation of literature and books, inadvertently giving access to the middle class to literacy and the power of writing and reading. This created a shift in power giving what only the rich and wealthy had to the middle and low class. One can argue this was the beginning of the end of feudalism. In the book All Consuming Images it was interesting to read about the ever widening separation between form and matter as a result of industrialization. The parallels Ewen draws to architecture are equally eye opening, as he points to the shift in the artistry of architecture. With the beginning of standardization and manufacturing, we see that the engineering of buildings and the ornamentation were intrinsic to the process that was once considered an art. What we see now in modern times is cost efficient decorations of buildings mere imitations of a certain style that was once rare and one of a kind. The democratization of style and its accessibility has compromised substance, as empty hallow personalities walk around safely behind a veneer of individuality.

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