In Chute and Dekoven, the use of photography and images have greatly increased in publications. Images are replacing the emotional and mental gaps that words sometimes can not fill. Hearing about an explosion in Boston during marathon couldn’t sound any worse, but show that explosion in photos it becomes even more real and tragic. Word’s sometimes can not justify for the way we feel or the emotional connections between certain words.
I mean honestly, just think about it, even in newspapers the first things we look at? The front page/story where there actually is an image to tie in with the news story. Then, we keep flipping until we find more images, oh and then of course the comics. Images do catch our eye even in black and white. It’s not only the detail that catches our eye, it’s the connection we make with that image. An image of a group of 10-year old boys winning a baseball championship can bring a smile to our face. While, seeing the toll a tornado has taken on a city, can create a deep sorrow that grows in our hearts.
The structure of cross-discursive writing gives the ability to deepen our imagination in the reading. Although, they are not aways closely in sync, we can go based on images to tie in those words. Comics don’t always have an exact tie with the words and actions being said, but with the use of those images we are able to create the whole story in our mind. Images allow our imagination to grow in our reading, and gives us the ability to create a whole new picture.
New’s media can tell us a story of what has happened, but without the use of imagery it would not be significant. Thousands of words enter our minds without an image in our heads we wouldn’t have that phrase stick in our mind. It’s just like remembering names, you have to picture the face to remember the name. Political Cartoons also help give us an idea on who our presidents are like and what their policies consist of.
The use of graphics to reproduce words is a great technique and strategy to get readers involved. It takes awhile to absorb the image, and after that it’s time to read the words to help develop the story behind the picture.