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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Iconography Explained

This video is both informative, along with being disturbing. It's informative, because it reminds us of the power of visual image to convey a worldview with just a picture or cartoon.

It is also disturbing; and in a way sad. It reveals how the same image can manipulate the shallow thinkers, who regrettably, are a good portion of the world's population. People who are easily led astray by visuals reveal the weakness of their minds and the lack of ability to discern.

The contrast between the Democrats employment of image and the Republicans failure to utilize image is striking, and as much as the conservatives in our country want to win the battle of ideas, they are going to have to wise up and recognize the absolute necessity of using the Democrat strategy of image. It is just the way of our post-modern world.

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Blogger Bob McCabe said...

This short video is very informative in both a positive and negative way. In the battle of ideas, conservatives need to wake up to the culture we are living in. The ability to understand argumentative pieces is on the decline. On the one hand, we need to make certain adjustments to communicate in our culture. On the other hand, we need to teach people how to reason beyond our iconographic-driven world. Thanks for posting it.

6:39 AM, October 13, 2009  
Blogger MSC said...

I am not so sure iconography is just the way of our pomo world. It has been used throughout history to communicate powerful ideas to the masses. We need look no further than the image of the cross itself.

Just to demonstrate how powerful iconography is - not long ago my 2 yr. old son saw a 'M' shape where the tops were rounded off to make it look very similar to the "golden arches." Immediately he called out saying, "Look, MacDonald's!"

Usually the most powerful icons are simple, think Nike, Chevrolet, the peace symbol, the swastiska, etc...

7:30 AM, October 13, 2009  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Your correct in that iconography isn't limited to our postmodernist era. What I had in mind when I connected it to postmodernism is the fact pomos don't necessarily tend to be deep thinkers as to the consequences of their ideas they have tied to a particular image. They are easily led astray by the bright and shiny objects of our pop culture.

7:46 AM, October 13, 2009  
Blogger Truth Unites... and Divides said...

I haven't watched the video yet, but I have long believed that image-making and image-manipulation leads to deep and long-term societal and individual impacts which, by and large, will be harmful.

I think the trajectory from word-based to image-based information transmission is well-nigh irreversible.

5:52 AM, October 14, 2009  

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