A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Posted: April 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words and there within lies the problem sometimes. We are visual creatures and photos can be a very powerful tool, and for that reason, they can be very dangerous.  The problem is not the content but rather the context. And when images are used for political or commercial agendas – hidden or otherwise – it is plain and simple manipulation.  Furthermore, this kind of manipulation can be hard to detect. We are constantly bombarded with a gambit of images on a daily basis. How do we filter out what is harmful and what is not?

The use of subliminal images has long since been banned in places like the UK, but shockingly, is still allowed in the U.S.A.  This presents an even greater challenge for us to censor what is dangerous because it goes beyond what we can consciously absorb. 

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