Neil, look at Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse
in the Age of Show Business, Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media,
Walter Ong's Orality and Lliteracy, and Susan Sontag's On Photography.
On Mon, 6 Nov 1995, Neil Pollock wrote:
> The next Industry Event at the Australian Film TV & Radio School is
> going to look at the relationship between the 'word', the 'idea' and
> visual representation - with particular reference to popular visual
> The premise to be tested is this: WHY ISN'T TELEVISION GENERALLY
> PERCEIVED TO BE AN APPROPRIATE VEHICLE FOR IDEAS? Why are the realms
> of the written (published) or spoken (radio) word seen to be the more
> obvious, comfortable places for ideas?
> Think of popular culture & you get - TV, cinema, comix, pornography
> (if visual; erotica if written). It feels as if unless the word is a
> 'womanword' like gossip, babble, chatter etc etc, the word is valued
> more highly than the visual.
> Compare the televisual treatment of news and current affairs; e.g. CNN
> vs Australian Broadcasting Corporation's News Radio.
> Is this because western European culture has always been very wedded
> to the notion of the visual, in fact, as Plato's Cave points out, a
> PICTURE IS only a picture and NOT THE REAL THING.
> And what are the implications of this for Australia, with an
> indigenous culture that has no history of the written word, but with
> a strong tradition of oral and visual representation.
> I would think my first port of call would be Walter Benjamin - to
> explore the differences between writing & visual literacy & what the
> implications of this are for social & political questions about seeing
> and thinking.
> But where to next??????
> ANY ASSISTANCE TO POINT US IN APPROPRIATE DIRECTIONS FOR READING/
> UNDERSTANDING would be greatly appreciated.
> Neil Pollock
> Library Manager
> on behalf of
> Jane Mills
> Head of Screen Studies
> To signoff SCREEN-L, e-mail [log in to unmask] and put SIGNOFF SCREEN-L
> in the message. Problems? Contact [log in to unmask]
To signoff SCREEN-L, e-mail [log in to unmask] and put SIGNOFF SCREEN-L
in the message. Problems? Contact [log in to unmask]