Blog Assignment 4 – Luther Ling

20 Mar

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.

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