237.130_A2_Wk2_Task1_Visual Literacy

Visual literacy and analysis video presentations

“The Power to Tell the Difference: Visual Literacy in a Visual Age | Don Levy | TEDxABQSalon.” YouTube. Web. 15 Apr. 2016.

Select one idea and discuss how it relates to one of the visual texts you will refer to in your essay.

An idea presented in Don Levy’s Tedx talk ,”The Power to tell the difference: Visual literacy in a visual age” is the misconception that visual images as forms of escapism, is the same as loosing connection to reality. Levy’s idea relates to the exploration of the various ways visual technologies and images over time shape viewers conception of the wider world.

Essay Question: “‘The World on Screen’ (Mirzoeff, Chapter 4. 129–161) explores the idea that people develop visual technologies that shape the way they see others, themselves, and the world we live in. Situate examples of historical (paintings, drawings, photographs, material objects) and contemporary visual technologies (cameras, mobile phones, computers, virtual reality) in their contexts and then explore different ways the producers of images employ those images to shape versions of the wider world and filter access to knowledge and information in certain ways.”

In the circumstances of cinema, Levy displays how it is easy to see alternate, “on screen”, realities as something sort after by viewers to disconnect them from the world, although visual literacy can be traced as humans primal form of communication. Cave men used cave wall paintings to position themselves in time, socially, and tell their stories similarly to the way producers of images have used images in the modern age. Viewers of films are aware of their reality, they are aware of when images are distorted and are able to correct these distortions. The fear in the current and future advancements visual technologies is that it will become harder and harder to determine what is real and what is manipulated. Yet, contrary to these dystopian predictions, the consideration of the way we have treated visual images, altered by the technologies used to create them, shows humans will not loose connection to the world. On screen, visual images are stories told and learnt from, visual literacy is crucial to humans continuing to communicate and understand each other.

 

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