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SGarza: CalebsResponseToGeorge

Though I enjoyed the George reading, what struck me was the first quote of the chapter by Gardiner, Kittredge, and Arnold:

"In some respects...words cannot compare in effectiveness with pictures...A silhouette in black paper will enable you to recognize a stranger more quickly than the most elaborate description in words"(1429).

This quote sums up quite a bit of George's argument, as visuals in many ways can be much more descriptive than language, and individuals today are emmersed in a society filled with visual images and meaning. Why visual literacy has not made a rise is beyond me, as it seems such an essential tool for immediately being capable of living in society, but also (and more importantly)for being critical of the world as outlined and described through visuals. After reading this, I think it would be interesting if there were a graduate course on visual literacy, mainly because I would love to see how a course covering visual elements would be structured. In any event, this initial quote covered the most prominent point of the reading: although writing and language are capable of conveying very much feeling, emotion, and description, no descriptive language can match visualization. It is an important literacy, as well as an ill studied literacy in the composition classroom. For future generations, visual literacy should become a more intricate part of becoming literate.

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