"My speech is imperfect.
Not because I want
to shine with words,
but out of the impossibility
of finding those
I speak in images.
else can I express
the words from the depths." -
"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.
"Extending now far beyond art,
realm of images has
increasingly taken on a life of its own,
from the reality it once represented."
"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
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
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
It is much better to enjoy each beautiful moment in the serene
knowledge that an infinity of equally yet differently beautiful moments await."
is defined as:
Imagine; see in one's mind.
A standard or
An iconic mental
From the root of imitari to imitate.
vivid description or representation.
A personal facade one presents to
A reproduction of the form of an
individual or object.
A mental representation of something not real or
The likeness of anything to which worship is paid; an
The opinion or concept of something that is held by the
A representation of
anything to the mind; a picture drawn by the fancy; a conception; an
An optically formed duplicate,
counterpart, or other representative reproduction of an object.
character projected to the public of an individual or institution as
interpreted by the
To represent to the mental vision; to form a likeness
of by the fancy or recollection; to imagine.
concrete representation, as in art, literature, or music, that is expressive or evocative of something
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
"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
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
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
Daniel 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
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.
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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