Visual Literacy – is a picture worth 1000 words?

Exhibit in the Aho Art Gallery, May 31, 2006 Image by New Media Consortium on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nmc-campus/)

Exhibit in the Aho Art Gallery, May 31, 2006
Image by New Media Consortium on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nmc-campus/)

Literacy grabs the headlines every now and then, and whilst this is a major political and social issue, the type of literacy we are exploring here is slightly different.

Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of images. This is based on the idea that meaning can be communicated through images, and that they can therefore be read.

In this article, Sarah Kante looks at visual literacy in the digital age. With most of the tools and media we interact with on a day-to-day basis relying heavily on images, are words taking a backstage? Is 21st century communication mainly visual and if so, is this an issue for society at large?

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