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Department
Communication Studies
Course
COMM 3106
Professor
Mary Francoli
Semester
Fall

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What is Image? ­ Boorstin & Keys wrote about how people conform to an expected image, passive  towards creating their own experiences. ­ Guide to pseudo America Boorstin write that an image is: ­ Synthetic ­ Believable:  ­ serves no purpose if people don’t actually believe it ­ has to mean something to us as people ­ has to be something within the realm of common sense ­ Passive: ­ produce is supposed ot fit in image somehow ­ understand how it works, who is fitting into this ­ Vivid and Concrete: ­ stand for other things in our minds ­ easier to understand idea/person ­ serves best by appealing to our senses ­ Simplified: ­ in order to exclude things that are indescribable, we need the image to be  simple ­ something that Boorstin says floats between imagination and sense ­ our expectations and the reality ­ it can’t offend people/has to suit future purposes which might not be  predictable and has to change over time ­ Ambiguous ­ Has to be some flexibility included in understanding image. Why do many people like images? What purpose do they serve? ­ Advantages: ­ Imitation is quicker and easier ­ Easier to change: a lot more flexible than reality.  An image is not a lie – it has an “ambiguous relationship with reality” – Boorstin. ­ Need to be careful when talking about image ­ differentiate between images and lies ­ relationship between image and reality but sometimes it’s difficult to understand that. ­ We can easily prefer image to reality. ­ Expectations are now too high and are often contradictory. ­ Reality cannot measure up to our expectations at many levels, but images can. ­ Graphics revolution changes public communication. ­ Two forms of self­image discussed by Keyes and Boorstin.  ­ Our own understanding/idea of ourselves ­ Self image that we try to project to others: The way that we ant others to  see us.  Try to create a certain impression in their minds. ­ Boorstin argues our measure of being informed refers to our knowledge of presudo­ events. ­ in evaluating function of images in society ­ look at field of journalism ­ Journalism is a great place for studying the function of images. ­ well­established industry ­ industry has grown into one with recognizable players ­ find things on a regular basis and finding new worthy items ­ ‘pseudo­events’ coming into play ­ event that gets media attention ­ not always realistic
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