Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Power of Images

The world has changed so much in such a small amount of time. At first, images were used chiefly for communication. They served an important purpose to the civilizations that used them. These days, it seems that a person cannot go anywhere without encountering images of some sort, but the need for them is not the same. Life in this day and age is so fast-paced that we don’t have the time to enjoy reading anymore; we only do as much as we need to. That is part of the reason why images play such a big role in our lives.

You could say that we have become slaves to technology. Billboards, magazines, advertisements, and television affect us everyday, and we might not even realize it. It is just the way we are used to living. Our feelings and opinions are swayed by things we see on T.V., particularly on the news. As we discussed in class, the news of major events reaches us almost as soon as it happens, and it is presented in ways that have a profound impact on viewers. Not many people are likely to forget the Oklahoma City bombing or the tragedies of September 11 because of the images that they saw on the news in the days following them.

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