Images in Use

Images in Use



Analysts of our mediated society today like to stress the idea that we live in a visual age, that our primary mode of communication are images or visually organised digital texts (see Kress 2003), that the emotional and imaginative involvements of images are typical of late capitalism (see Jameson 1998:93-135) and that teaching visual analysis […]

Analysts of our mediated society today like to stress the idea that we live in a visual age, that our primary mode of communication are images or visually organised digital texts (see Kress 2003), that the emotional and imaginative involvements of images are typical of late capitalism (see Jameson 1998:93-135) and that teaching visual analysis facilitates media literacy (Elkins 2003; Seppänen 2006). The contemporary dominance of the visual has a decidedly social and political dimension, and the present volume is part of a larger project to draw attention to this social and political dimension of visual communication. We believe that it is necessary to reconsider the Way We think about images and their relation to our Society, and this volume is an invitation to engage critically with the practices of visual communication and with our analytical approaches to images.l

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