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"My speech is imperfect.
Not because I want to shine with words,
but out of the impossibility
of finding those words,
I speak in images.
With nothing else can I express
the words from the depths." -
Carl Gustav Jung

"Man has built in himself images as a fence of security - religious, political, personal. These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The burden of these images dominates man's thinking, his relationships and his daily life. These images are the causes of our problems for they divide man from man. His perception of life is shaped by the concepts already established in his mind."- J. Krishnamurti

"Extending now far beyond art,
the separate realm of images has
increasingly taken on a life of its own,
diverging from the reality it once represented."
- Charles Eisenstein

"There is an element of hubris in the capturing of reality that is the perfect image; perhaps this explains the deep suspicion many religious traditions have of images of the divine or even of humans, animals, and objects. Judaism and Islam do without them altogether, as did Buddhism until Alexander the Great brought Greek culture, with its obsession with mortality and, not coincidentally, with images, to India. There are also many cultures that resist having their photographs taken, intuiting perhaps the hubris and futility of the pseudo-immortality it suggests, or the Faustian exchange of a moment in time, which is real, for the frozen representation of a moment, which is not.

Indeed I have noticed that cameras and - even worse - videotaping tend to detract from the happy events they are supposed to preserve on film. Taking photographs at birthday parties and weddings to preserve those happy memories substitutes an image for an experience, and can sometimes imbue the event with a staged feel, as if it were not real, as if it were an enactment to be enjoyed later. It is as if we are uncomfortable with real moments and prefer to experience them from a distance, second-hand. In the most extreme case, the photographic or video recording of the event comes to completely define the event itself - certainly the case in the realm of public relations and politics.

A small but significant way to reduce the alienation of modern life is to put down the camera and participate fully in the moment, rather than trying, futilely, to preserve the moment on film. The compulsion to record everything bespeaks the underlying anxiety of modern life, the conviction, stemming from measured time, that our lives are slipping away from us day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment.

I have noticed that when I look at my sons' baby pictures my main emotion is wistfulness, a regret that I did not truly and fully appreciate those precious, unique times. I can seldom look at my most treasured photographs without feeling sadness and regret.

It is much better to enjoy each beautiful moment in the serene knowledge that an infinity of equally yet differently beautiful moments await." - Charles Eisenstein

Image is defined as:

An apparition.

Imagine; see in one's mind.

A standard or typical example.

An iconic mental representation .

From the root of imitari to imitate.

A vivid description or representation.

A personal facade one presents to society.

A reproduction of the form of an individual or object.

A mental representation of something not real or present.

The likeness of anything to which worship is paid; an idol.

The opinion or concept of something that is held by the public.

A representation of anything to the mind; a picture drawn by the fancy; a conception; an idea.

An optically formed duplicate, counterpart, or other representative reproduction of an object.

The character projected to the public of an individual or institution as interpreted by the corporate media.

To represent to the mental vision; to form a likeness of by the fancy or recollection; to imagine.

A concrete representation, as in art, literature, or music, that is expressive or evocative of something else.

An imitation, representation, or similitude of any individual, thing, or act, sculptured, drawn, painted, or otherwise made perceptible to the sight; a visible presentation; a copy; a likeness; an effigy; a picture; a semblance.

while you sleep they create your reality

visual imagery

"There are two kinds of propaganda - rational propaganda in favor of action that is consonant with the enlightened self-interest of those who make it and those to whom it is addressed, and non-rational propaganda that is not consonant with anybody's enlightened self-interest, but is dictated by, and appeals to, passion." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited

"During the last half of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth, the period during which the idea of the movies became a reality, something momentous happened in America, and it happened not only to American culture but to the American consciousness.

Images began to flood the market. Publications that had been limited to text were now, thanks to new print technologies, cluttered with illustrations, so much so that some critics even began complaining about "over-illustration ."

University of Chicago historian Daniel Joseph Boorstin would find its source in what he called the "Graphic Revolution," by which he meant the remarkable rise in the quantity of visual material that had become available to the public.

Nor was it was not just a matter of graphic reproduction. Everywhere in America there was a new emphasis on seeing. An example was and is the dressing of department store windows, carefully arranged to provide maximum visual stimulation. What made the 'Graphic Revolution' revolutionary was less the quantity of images than their effect on the America mind.

Daniel J Boorstin was concerned that the Graphic Revolution encouraged image-thinking - thinking in terms of an "artificial imitation or representation of the external form of any object, especially of an individual." This came at the expense of edifying thought - thought in terms of some ideal or value toward which to strive.

The glut of images directs us to the here and now, to something immediately useful in the moment; the ideal directs us to something above and beyond, to something the utility of which may not be readily apparent or invisible.

In the opinion of Daniel J Boorstin the 'Graphic Revolution' was a moral revolution as well because it replaced aspiration with gratification.

Print demanded ratiocination. "To engage the written word means to follow a line of thought which requires considerable powers of classifying, inference making and reasoning," Neil Postman wrote in Amusing Ourselves to Death.

It followed that a predominantly print-based society, as America's was until the late 19th century, while not necessarily one coruscating with intellectual brilliance, nevertheless was one in which logic, order and context prevailed.

An image-based society, on the other hand, dispensed with all these because images did not demand them. How much logical discipline did one need to recognize a image?" - Neil Gabler

"A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection - not an invitation for hypnosis." - Umberto Eco


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