Monday, April 03, 2006

Wysocki's "awaywithwords"

Anne Wysocki does it again. I found this article called "awaywithwords" that challenges the dichotomy between print and electronic media and asks teacher to re-think the "natural" assumptions about black and white print. She reminds us that even the separation between words has not always been a function of written texts in the West. The notion of a word separated by white space around it accompanied a shift from the social reading of texts to silent and individual reading. Wysocki reminds me that we can not separate the form of texts, or images or anything from a spatial logic. Wysocki makes the connection to visual literacy when she says that we can also not consider an "image" as commensensical as we might have "word." She says that by "focusing on human shaping of material" (She even reminds us that water was used to break up riots in the civil rights movement) we might be in better positions to ask about the consequences of how we use ink, paper, pixels to "shape the actions" of ourselves and others.

I think that this article will be useful in developping a frame of reference as to WHY I am researching visual rhetoric and its connections to tradition print rhetoric. I will also use the Wysocki article in our "New Media" text to speak about the logic of "common sense."

4 Comments:

Blogger Antonio Sarabia said...

Visual Rhetoric eh? Very interesting, but I think I would get what you're tying to say much better if I saw a picture...

By the way, good luck with the test tomorrow, don't let those post-modernists get to you. It would probably be a bad idea to begin deconstructing the function of taking a six hour test to prove that you have acquired a set of knowledge that is by all accounts arbitrary and highly fragmented while you’re taking a six hour test to prove that very fact. But no, seriously, good luck…

2:07 AM  
Blogger Matt Barrish said...

I think what you write about Wysocki's problematization of the image/word dichotomy is extremely relevant to our course. When we were talking about the move to multi-modal text on wed, I was reminded of Derrida's discussion of pictographic and ideographic writing in Of Grammatology. How can the image/word dichotomy hold up when in some cultures there is no difference between image and word (although there is differance)?

5:23 PM  
Blogger Rachael said...

Just wanted to say Felicitaciones Chica! You got thru it! You must be sooo relieved! I am sure you did a bang up job!!!
-Rachael

7:40 PM  
Blogger Jane Hemmerling said...

The Pictures Are Forthcoming Antonio!!!

3:57 PM  

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