Eloquent Images: Word and Image in the Age of New Media / Edition 1

Eloquent Images: Word and Image in the Age of New Media / Edition 1

by Mary E. Hocks
     
 

The emergence of New Media has stimulated debate about the power of the visual to dethrone the cultural prominence of textuality and print. Some scholars celebrate the proliferation of digital images, arguing that it suggests a return to a pictorial age when knowledge was communicated through images as well as through words. Others argue that the inherent conflict

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The emergence of New Media has stimulated debate about the power of the visual to dethrone the cultural prominence of textuality and print. Some scholars celebrate the proliferation of digital images, arguing that it suggests a return to a pictorial age when knowledge was communicated through images as well as through words. Others argue that the inherent conflict between texts and images creates a battleground between the feminized, seductive power of images and the masculine rationality of the printed word. Eloquent Images suggests that these debates misunderstand the dynamic interplay that has always existed between word and image.Arguing that the complex relationship between text and image in New Media does not represent a radical rupture from the past, the book examines rhetorical and cultural uses of word and image both historically and currently. It shows that complex, interpenetrating relationships between verbal and visual communication systems were already evident in hieroglyphic writing and in ancient rhetoric and persist in the work of classical rhetoricians, in cultural studies of technology,
even in the binary code distinctions of digital environments. The essays blend theory, critique, and design practice to explore the often contradictory relations of word and image. All of them call for theoretically grounded approaches to hypermedia design.

The MIT Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262582612
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction : eloquent images1
1Critical theory and the challenge of new media19
2Seriously visible37
3The dialogics of new media : video, visualization, and narrative in Red planet : scientific and cultural encounters with Mars61
4Recovering the multimedia history of writing in the public texts of ancient Egypt89
5Digital images and classical persuasion117
6The word as image in an age of digital reproduction137
7Same difference : evolving conclusions about textuality and new media159
8Illustrations, images, and anti-illustrations179
9Cognitive and educational implications of visually rich media : images and imagination201
10Feminist cyborgs live on the World Wide Web : international and not so international contexts219
11Unheimlich maneuver : self-image and identificatory practice in virtual reality environments237
12Eloquent interfaces : humanities-based analysis in the age of hypermedia257
13Writing a story in virtual reality283

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