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It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know

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This infographic represents the power of social connection within the fictional television show House of Cards. While I have never seen this series, I can strongly concur with the message presented in the image. As important as intelligence and skills are, a person who desires to be successful must have an outlet into the community and workplace, and the only way to connect with potential business opportunities.
The complexity of the web shows the usefulness of a broad professional and social network. Those connections are also grouped and color-coded in order to symbolize the ability of a person to branch out to different subsets of people. Also, the inclusion of faces shows the inner circle of people that have a large influence on their subordinates.
Linked-in is also an ideal medium for this infographic. This social media site is specifically designed for professionals who would benefit from this type of information and visualization.

Social Media Sites and Their Average Monthly Usage

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http://www.askingsmarterquestions.com/infographic-google-social-engagement-falls-short/

This post does a great job showing the more important social media sites at first glance. The purpose of the infographic is to show how many minutes the average user spends on each site over a one month period. Facebook pops out the most just because of the size of its bubble and logo while others have smaller bubbles and take longer to be noticed. It took me several seconds to notice the Google+ bubble at the bottom. This picture’s authority comes from the The Wall Street Journal logo at the bottom right hand side of the frame. The Wall Street Journal is a well-known and well respected news source and adding it to the picture gives it more value. Also, the data was taken from the internet and compiled by comScore which gives the picture a little more authority.

The source of the infographic is an article about how little time Google+ users spend on the site. I actually did not expect this to be the focus of the article, but instead for it to be about how large the Facebook bubble is. The infographic conveys almost all of the information needed to come to the same conclusion as the author of the article. The article explains that Google released a statistic that Google+ has over 90 million users, and 60% of them are active daily. The infographic demonstrates the even if 60% of the users are active, they spend only a few seconds on the site at a time, probably coming from logging into one of Google’s many sites.

Adolf the Wolf: Analyzing the Dr. Seuss Political Cartoon

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Apologies for the poor resolution: It’s the result of hunting for old political humor.

Resolution aside, this 40’s-era political cartoon designed by Dr. Seuss reflects the United States’ sentiments towards the tyranny of Adolf Hitler, and the events leading up to the beginning of the Second World War (and arguably, the events that occurred after the initiation of the fighting, but before America’s involvement). The picture sets a mood of indifference, perhaps even enmity, towards the Europeans, particularly the nations that were victimized by and assimilated into the Fascist regime. Simply put, Seuss implies that America cared not in the slightest for those ill-fated nations that were flattened under the Nazi steamroller–nations like Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Austria.

The ‘America First’ sweater hints at the daunting American crisis of the time–the Great Depression. With countless Americans jobless and crippled by poverty and a shattered financial institution,  the focus of the U.S.’s efforts were entirely internal, to the point that the rest of the world could be lilt aflame by the Fascists before America would turn its gaze away from itself.

Additionally, the cartoon hints at the anti-foreigner convictions many Americans developed due to the influx of immigrants at Ellis Island in New York, and Angel Island in California. The Depression gave many Americans an opportunity to lash out aggressively against minority races, particularly the Eastern Europeans who had escaped the tyranny of Nazi Germany. The Americans saw these newcomers as an added threat to an already unstable economy, and they would have nothing of them.

Finally, the image may be alluding to America’s disinterest in WW2 before the events of Pearl Harbor. Apart from the government’s financial backing of Great Britain, Americans for the most part would have nothing to do with the war, a conflict taking place far overseas, and having no direct effect on the homeland, harkening back to the “But those were Foreign Children and it didn’t really matter” comment.

The Hostility of Our Words

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My first reaction to this image is one of hopelessness. The image conveys the boy’s pain so well that I begin to feel it myself.

The image conveys a scene in which a young boy is seemingly being choked by an arm constructed of words. Upon closer inspection, though, there are a number of subtle elements that affect the way the audience feels about the image. The hopeless feeling, for example is exaggerated with several features. Among these are the darkened edges of the picture, the pale and flawless skin of the child, and the tilted gaze. The darkened edges provide a sense of constriction and imminent darkness. Meanwhile, the color and smooth texture of the skin suggest a sense of purity and innocence; to see this swallowed by darkness triggers an subconscious bell in the mind of the audience, further playing with their emotions. In addition to all this, the inclined line of sight suggests that the boy is being abused by someone larger and older than he, perhaps a parent or another adult. By placing the viewer at the same level of the child the artists allows all of these characteristics to be viewed from the his perspective.

After the assault of emotions, one’s eye would be drawn to the writing on the arm; derogatory words such as “moron” and “fool” are used to construct the skin. One may also note that the color of the ink (black) also suggests a tainted, or corrupt soul. It can be inferred that the artist is attempting to show the equal harm that words can cause.

This image immediately lets the viewer know that the subject is child abuse, but it uses subtler elements such as slant, color, and perspective to effectively compromise their emotions. Once having achieved this the viewer may go on to realize that verbal abuse can be just as harmful to children as physical abuse.

The Ease of becoming an Entrepreneur

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A visual aid from the magazine Entrepreneur.

Included after an introduction about ways to succeed at being an entrepreneur, the above infographic along with four other infographics were used as suggestions for thriving. The graphic is a lot friendlier to viewers than an article and is more enticing to people who only want to look for a moment. They can choose the pieces of the graphic that would be most useful to them without needing to skim an entire article. Large blocks of text can be extremely off-putting to people in a rush, which most people interested in succeeding in entrepreneurship usually are. The use of minimal words allows for quick skimming which is also aided by having different sizes of text to indicate which phrases contain the most important ideas. This method of conveying ideas using the minimal text also makes the “tips” seem easier to do. It is almost as if it is a checklist, rather than a project or life change needing to be done. The tips are also extremely easy and do not ask much of the reader which also aids in making the changes more manageable.

By having the cartoon of the bedroom, it allows for easier comprehension and remembrance of the information. When given the scenario “getting up early” and a visual of pancakes, it is fairly easy to assume they are suggesting eating a good breakfast without needing to read the caption. Also, when recalling the tips, it is sometimes easier to recall pictures, rather than the important words that were among a sea of other words. The fusion of pictures and minimal words, allows the suggestions to come across clearly and simply, making the tips seem more manageable to integrate into one’s daily life.

A Meaningful Life at a Glance

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This image was taken from an article posted on a positive living website called “How to Live a Meaningful Life” by Susan K. Minarik. This image is both inspiring and empowering for many reasons. The use of earth, sun, and sky establish authority because they are much greater, more powerful, and more vast than humans. Firstly, the human hands create pathos because they allow the audience to relate to the person in the image. The hands serve many functions. Their position, pointing outward in the sky, resembles wings, which suggests flight. Flying often symbolizes freedom, detachment, and free-spiritedness, while reaching into the sky suggests  striving for success. The hands also seem to be cradling the sun, which suggests that one should be connected to and care for the earth and other people. It could also be argued that the hands are holding the sun in their palms, suggesting power or using the world’s resources, perhaps to make an impact on it. The sun’s brightness could symbolize brilliance and greatness, suggesting that one should emulate those qualities. Lastly, there is a plain open field that stretches into the horizon with nothing else in sight. This could suggest that one can write his or her own destiny because the world is like a blank page.

The article focuses on many of these points, so the image encapsulates the gist of it well, purely through its rhetoric. All of the different factors of the image discussed are all tied into the ideal that they contribute to what a meaningful life consists of. The words on the image give it a clear direction.

 

1984 Propaganda

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This image in an artists illustration of what propaganda from INGSOC would most likely have looked like in George Orwell’s 1984.

The book itself acts as a warning to government take over. It was written in the 1960’s as communism was on the rise. However the image above refers to the text itself not the message it conveys to the reader. This artist depicts a poster that Ministry of Truth would have very likely used to control the populace. Anyone who sees this poster will first be struck with large heading that pops out from the dark red backdrop. By using large block letters, the words gain an impression of power and forcefulness as if they should be obeyed. “CRIMESTOP!” establishes an idea that everyone should be obeying and that is stop performing crimes. The smaller black lettering below it immediate addresses the understood question ‘How?’ raised by the decree of “CRIMESTOP!”. By putting these too statements immediately following each other, It doesn’t give the reader of the poster time to question the above statement. Instead it tells the reader what the answer of ‘How?’ so that the reader doesn’t have to think of an answer on his/her own. The poster puts ideas into the readers head to make sure that the reader won’t come up with answer him/herself. This helps the poster’s meaning gain influence over the reader and essentially attempt to make the reader become dependent on the ministry to tell them what the answers are to any question. By analyzing these four words and the way they are presented, it is possible to establish what the ministry behind the poster is trying to establish.

In addition to the most important idea of the poster, there are pictures that support the words with good sensations. Without the pictures the words would sound extremely authoritative  and demanding but the pictures of people smiling and the man proudly holding the flag of INGSOC support the authoritative words above. They make the words more trust worthy because the people in the poster seem to be happy when trusting the words too.

Set it ablaze if you want.

Fahrenheit 451 is a novel written by Ray Bradbury in the early 1950’s, about a future society in America where owning books was against the law and firemen where hired to burn any books found. He wrote this because of his worries at the time about the threat of book burning in the United States.

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This is the hardcover edition of the novel designed by Elizabeth Perez.

The book cover was specifically designed to emphasize book burning. The matchstick as the ‘1’ also emphasizes the auto-ignition point of book-paper in the novel. I am not sure if that value is correct but the novel specifies 451 degrees fahrenheit as the auto-ignition point of book-paper. In the novel the character Captain Beatty highlights the importance of the last one degree Fahrenheit when burning book paper while addressing the firemen. I believe that the designer replaced the ‘1’ with the matchstick to highlight the importance of the last degree when burning book-paper since the final degree fahrenheit is what sets the book ablaze.

The striking surface along the spine is very difficult to understand clearly but it definitely questions the reader’s value for books. It shows that books can easily be burnt. It acts as an  easier alternative to burn the book by providing the matchstick and striking surface to set the book ablaze. It is like the author is saying that when you are done reading the book, you can decide to set it ablaze easily with the materials provided for you or you can just keep it to show your value for books.

A Machinist’s Handbook

I decided to use an engineering reference handbook for this project. Since I took pictures of most pages, a link to an imgur album is the most efficient way to share it.

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This reference handbook was made to condense a large amount of information into a single place and simplify problems to save time in a business setting. If you look at images 6, 7, 8, 12, or 15 you’ll see they’re filled entirely with reference information, and a lot of it is as simple as converting fractions to decimal, or converting units. This is because it saves time and reduces the number of steps in any process, thus reducing the likelihood of an error.

It also serves as an advertisement for the company’s products. For example, in image 5, and 18 there are advertisements for various work holding products, as well as advertisements of the company’s website and design tools. By selling their own reference handbook, it allows them to easily target a specific market demographic. If you look at the cover in image 1, you’ll see at the bottom left these handbooks were sold for two dollars, whereas similar, more complete reference handbooks are commonly sold for hundreds; this further reinforces my reasoning that this handbook was primarily made for advertising. Since it was cheaply priced, more copies would be sold and more people in the targeted demographic would be exposed to the company’s products and services. Since the handbook is made by a supposedly reputable business it also gains some credibility that the information in it is accurate.

It’s also interesting to point out that while this particular handbook was likely printed in the early 2000’s based on the copyright date on the cover, paper reference books like this are still used today despite the fact that all the information is likely available online. I think this is due to the fact that while the information is online, it’s not organized as well as a handbook, the information is there, it just needs to be searched for, and the information found may not be as accurate or well presented.

The Lungs of the Earth

As public awareness and concern for environmental issues has increased, organizations who seek to preserve wildlife have produced advertisements and images  to instill a sense of responsibility in those who see them. The image above is one such example that appeals largely to pathos by relating rainforest devastation to the destruction of Earth’s lungs.

The image is mostly green and rich with life, except for the portion of the forest lung that is being destroyed in the bottom corner. This contrast draws the viewer to this portion of the image, which is also conveniently located near the organization’s logo. The placement of these items on the image is no accident, as the author used the natural path of our eyes to not only highlight the devastation that is spreading to a large portion of our forests, but to bring attention to the organization which seeks to preserve this landscape as well.

The green landscape instills a since of beauty and life when a viewer looks upon it, and the section that is brown and dying appears to be almost cancerous. This contrast is a powerful metaphor into the future of the rain-forests if we continue to destroy them at our current rate. The image does a very good job conveying this, especially since there is no written text. The visual aspects provide more then enough pathos to get the viewers attention and spread the word about rainforest conservation.

Finally, ethos is established by the professionalism the image exhibits and the organization logo at the bottom corner, which many will recognize as the World Wide Fund for Nature charity. The organizations past contributions and  future ambitions provide more then enough credibility for a viewer to believe the statement the image is trying to make.

Propaganda for the Ministry

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Propaganda has been used as a tool in the political world for centuries and continues to be used to share the perspectives and ideas of its creator. The artist first modeled his image after one of the most traditional propaganda images in American history– the Uncle Sam “I Want You” format– allowing the audience to feel more accustomed to the underlying message. However, this drawing is not actually being used to spread a positive attitude, but instead to criticize the United States Department of Homeland Security. Nowadays citizens across the country are consistently paranoid about the NSA as they are about terrorism and therefore can easily capture the attention of any normal passerby. At first glance, almost immediately the poster makes the viewer uncomfortable because it commands him to suppress his 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech. It’s unreasonable for any person to not be able to ask a question and/or speak his/her mind and, since the demand is clearly “a message from the Ministry of Homeland Security,” the artist is relating a feeling of irrationality with the Department. The artist is also criticizing the Department for their over-extension into citizens’ lives and accuses those that disagree with them of siding with the terrorists; a claim that is overly radical and unjustifiable. As a last punch, he also labels the Department as a “Ministry,” implying that it only wishes to help and works to better the lives of those it protects. All in all, the political message behind the image was one of criticism and satire towards the Department of Homeland Security while inherently aiming to gain support for the artist’s own perspective.

The Tip of the Iceberg: Pictures

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I found this book cover on Amazon and it immediately caught my attention. To me, I think that this is a very interesting book cover. Unlike most book covers, this cover has somewhat of a “double title” and the style of the lettering is very unconventional from many other books. The cover of this book is directed towards grabbing the attention of the potential reader with unique styling and visual cues. The title reads “Things to Do and Make in the Fourth Dimension” but it is crossed out by a a scrawly text that serves as a subtitle. Having the actual title crossed out by the subtitle is a very unique method of presenting this information. The scrawly handwriting has a playful nature to it that represents a mathematician’s “sandbox” which is explored in the book. The object constructed by the tape measures is a tesseract which is essentially a 3D representation of a 4D cube. For those that did not know previously what a tesseract is,  the object is interesting just by itself through visual appeal as it is not a common household object that we might see from everyday life. The use of tape measures instead of a regular material such as wood to construct the object once again represents the playful nature of the mathematician’s “sandbox.” I refer to the book as a “sandbox” partly because of the appropriately named title, which suggests that there are many interesting things to do in the 4th dimension which really captures people’s attention and sparks their curiosity in the book. Everything about this book cover is meant to generate curiosity; it’s playful nature just might cause enough interest in people take a second look at the cover and to read through the book itself.

The Power of Pictures

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For as long as we can remember we’ve been hearing that old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Despite how cliche it sounds nowadays, and how much we cringe at the very mentioning of this over used quote, it still holds true to this day. People use pictures in their arguments because they not only convey a treasure chest of information in a rather simple fashion, but they also convey this information in a very different way. Pictures allow an author to come at an argument at different directions, and as a result what they are writing feels more well rounded. For example, I could be writing an argument about why not to buy a Snuggie. I could go on and on about how all you need is a blanket or a robe, and a Snuggie is just an unnecessary thing to have in general. Soon enough, my reader will become fatigued from reading my sophisticated words and carefully constructed sentences on the matter and there is a good chance that the reader may not get through the whole argument. Information overload perhaps? Now, that’s where I would throw in this picture. Most readers these days will think “Look! Something that isn’t words!” and instantly gravitate towards it. Pictures tend to convey information much simpler and easier to understand than a group of sentences tends to. One could make the claim that a tendency towards pictures is something well ingrained into human nature. Humans had been telling stories with pictures for tens of thousands of years; cave paintings have been around forever after all. Writing is a very new innovation by comparison and as a result may take a back seat to pictures deep in our consciousness.

Also, as evidenced here, pictures tend to be funnier than words, and who doesn’t love a good laugh?

Why people use image to convey their ideas? – Andy Kim

Sometimes, images can have much bigger impact than mere words. Writings or words may be the best way to make direct or clear argument. Yet, images are often used as better tools in depicting an idea or thought more indirectly. As a matter of fact, greatest advantage of using image as a tool to convey an idea is its subtleness. Images are different from writing in its way of conveying the underlying theme. Images are able to give multiple interpretations and arguments, thus containing loads of information or idea in concise form.

The picture above is satire of social networking service. This picture directly shows how picture can contain an argument or a claim in so terse form. I bet that anyone can write at least more than a paragraph of the interpretation they have of this picture. The man in the monitor of a laptop signifies how people acts on social media. The red hairband and angry face of this man demonstrates that this man is fighting for some issue. It may be religious, political, or social. Whatever this man is fighting for, he seems intense and aggressive. Yet, the man below the laptop is clearly making contrasting behavior from the man above. This man is hiding in his coat, covering himself and trembling in fear. The picture overall, is mocking how people act overly sensitive in social media.

Of course, this single image can be interpreted in many ways, but I believe that it will have much better impact than its interpretation in words. Visualization of an idea or thoughts have unique power because it shows the non-obvious and speaks in indirect language. It may not be a good tool in making clear point, but it can give more authoritative and persuasive argument.

Think Twice About Plastic

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Reckas, Ted. “The Plastics Breakdown: An Infographic.” One World One Ocean Campaign.  MacGillivray Freeman Films. 13 Sept 2012. Web. 8 Sept 2014.

 

 

Infographics are created to make an argument, and this does not just include the facts and numbers included in graphic. Right away our eyes are drawn to the swordfish cutting through a chunk of text with caught in a plastic bag. This image instantly makes the viewer want to help this poor fish, accomplishing the goal of the infographic before anyone even reads the first word. When you take a closer look at all the animals on the graphic they are almost all given human emotions and expressions, there is even a couple of fish wearing glasses, which allows the viewer to instantly relate to all of the animals depicted. These emotions are brought out even more by the color scheme used, all the blues and greens and cool colors give the graphic a sad look even without any of the context. From the swordfish our eyes are drawn to the right hand panel. The viewers eyes are drawn here for several reasons, first it is distinguished by a box and a different background color, also the information inside looks very organized, and therefore a good place to start reading. All of the facts in this box are accompanied by images we relate to death, bio-hazard signs and skulls, as well as certain words, like toxic and petroleum. These words and phrases are printed much larger than the other text, and therefore have a much larger impact on us. By just looking at these two places on the graphic the average viewer has already been convinced that plastic in the ocean is something bad that we need to stop, and that mean the graphic has done its job. All of the real facts do not need to be read, and in fact nothing is really gained from reading them, all of the reactions that you will likely experience from this picture will come in the first few seconds of viewing it.

 

A Practical Image Analysis

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I love this flowchart.  As a fan of food, comedy, and practicality, it appeals to me at nearly every level.  Underneath the obvious “this flowchart explains what to bring to Thanksgiving,” it has a lot of interesting rhetoric that makes it more eye-catching and enjoyable to read.

Starting with aesthetics, the white background sets the actual content of the flowchart as the star of the image.  Had a multicolored or imaged background been chosen, the value of the content would have been diminished.  Additionally, the branches of the flowchart are conveniently separated by color, allowing the reader to easily remember what section they are in without having to backtrack.  The rhetoric behind this appeals mostly to logos, as the organization of the chart is very efficient and economical.

The diction and comedic value of the chart gives it a very relatable feeling, something that a reader will look at and think “yeah, I have been in this situation before.”  For example, using words and phrases like “fam” and “bomb-cratered warzone” instead of “family” and “lots of family arguments,” respectively, make for a much more casual, conversation-like feel when reading it.  These parts of the chart appeal mostly to pathos.  The comedic factor of the flowchart is an appeal because it simply makes the reader feel happy while viewing it.  The choice of wording is also a key part of the rhetoric.  The casual approach to the phraseology makes me willing to believe this flowchart over one with more professional diction.  An additional appeal to pathos is in the title of the chart itself.  Because it is a self proclaimed “Practical Flow Chart,” the image sets itself up from the very beginning to be humorous as well as relatable.

This flowchart is a possibly too-honest representation of the Thanksgiving experience.  I like that it is both organized well and does not bore the reader while conveying its information through comedy and casual diction.

The Gears of War Keep Turning

The first thing my eyes are drawn to in this image in the running man in the center of the picture. From his body language, I can tell that he is in pain and afraid of what he is running from. Next, my eyes look to see what is behind him and I see fire, destruction, and tiny soldiers in the background. This African savannah, a place with primarily wildlife and peaceful settlements, is ravaged by battle.

At first glance, it is easy to understand that this is an image of war or genocide, and the conveyor belt aspect of the landscape shows that war is never ending. This picture is meant to evoke empathy from the person looking at it. The color of the background seems to represent haze, dust, and smoke which usually come from explosions. It is dull and leaves me with a feeling of sadness and pain as opposed to what a brighter color would do.

The symbol and motto in the bottom right corner show that this image belongs to a charity against war, armed conflict, and probably more specifically, genocide. Though, I haven’t heard about this specific charity before, it give the image more authority. The audience for this picture is anyone that can do anything to help the charity or to anyone who can do as little as donate. I would assume that this picture could be used as an advertisement that could be seen somewhere like a mall. All in all, this image does a sufficient job using emotion and surrealism to paint a picture that sends a very relevant message to our world today.

“Give up, young man.”

 

 

The reason why this image catches my eyes is that, as an advertisement, the image is different from the TV advertisement and commercials targeting the vast majority we see every day. In contrast, the targeted audiences of the advertisement are the people who are interested in rock music, Punk culture and the instrument guitar. More importantly, the advertisement aptly shows that Colins Guitar Repair will be a good place to go for people to fix their guitars.

The artist who made the drawing appeals to people’s emotion (pathos) using its unique style of drawing. When I first look at it, the image gives me an overall feeling of gloominess and depression. The person standing in the center and swinging a guitar lowers his head and puts all of his strength onto both his arms. When audiences imagine that the guitar gets broken and smashed into pieces, they will have a sense of relief and satisfaction. However, the Colins Guitar Repair, presented as the pillow on the ground, protects the guitar from breaking. Selecting the black, gray and white colors, the artist sets a depressing tone for the image. In addition, the use of jagged line and the zigzag shadow coming down to our direction gives a feeling of anxiety and pressure. Although we cannot see the face of the person, his movement and his posture reveal that he is probably enduring great anger and mental struggle. The texture of the background has its unique influence on our visual experience too. The wrinkled background conveys a feeling of struggle and rebellion, which helps maximize the overall tone of the image. All of these features describe the feeling the punk are

 

It’s not hard to find out that the audiences targeted by the image are the people who love Punk culture, guitar and rock music. When we look at the clothing of the person in the image, the leather gauntlet, the leather boots and the studded vest are all implicitly connecting to the Punk culture. A sense of rebellion, the catharsis of unsatisfaction and the outburst of anger are all magnified by looking at what the person is trying to do. However, since the purpose of the image is to advertise for the Colins Guitar Repair, an instrument maintanence company, the attention of audiences are naturally drawn down to the pillow, highlighted by a circle of “white” color around it. In order to emphasize the words on the pillow, the artist prints the black bold words with the contrasting white on the pillow. Also, the name of the company and the address are the only words in the image, the image successfully grabs people’s attention.

 

When I look into the details an try to figure out what’s the purpose and idea of this advertisement, I start to realize rhetoric is involved in every aspect of our life and this advertisement has done a great job in many different aspects.

Lifelogs: Unimportant Yet Unnerving

I haven’t directly created a lifelog for myself; I do not actively post pictures or update my timeline consistently on Facebook, nor do i have a Twitter. However, I do use Google everyday and I am aware that it tracks my location wherever I go. My lifelog is largely the product of my mother, the one who posts the majority of things related to me to her timeline, and then shares them with me. Facebook is creating a log of me indirectly through her, but the fact remains that my life, in photo and video form, is being stored and saved electronically. My strongest formulated thought on the concept (and process) of the lifelog is that while its existence is acknowledged, it does not necessarily constitute the whole of the advancements of the Internet.

I do find the whole concept of this never-ending collection of data by networks such as Facebook and Google to be slightly creepy at times, as if the Internet itself is creating a biography, or even an electronic mugshot,  of me whenever I use it, whenever I click a link or type down a few keystrokes to assemble a search item. However, I have grown used to this logging aspect of the web, and I feel that despite the logging’s unnerving nature,  it is a useful tool to gauge not only my life as it was in years past, but how the information the Internet collects about me can help solve problems I am facing in the present.

I do not often delve into my own past, and as such, the developing lifelog technology may be wasted on me. However, this also means that I will not abuse these technologies and services in the years to come as they will undoubtedly appear like the Remem in Truth of Fact. I guess what I’m try to say, to conclude this post, is that while I do acknowledge that the Internet is creating a lifelog of me, I will probably not be the man who looks at it for guidance, or even for reminiscence–it will just be a small blurb in the back of my mind, present yet forgettable.

Easy Flashbacks

I remember when my grand father told me stories of his youthful days. He tried to paint a picture in my mind of what his childhood was like but I definitely could not imagine it exactly how it was. Why? Because I had no clue how the little village he lived in looked like. Now when my father told his own stories he had a few black and white pictures I could refer to as ‘scribbles’ to give me an idea of what he was talking about. I got only part of the image in my head because his pictures where not consistent enough to form a ‘full image’. Now looking into 30 years I can see my children getting the ‘full image’ of how my childhood was like. Now I can provide them with not only a visual representation but also an emotional feedback on how my childhood was like.

As a very active user of Facebook and Instagram, I have over a hundred pictures of various events in my life, both the important ones and the unimportant ones. With all these pictures and information stored somewhere, it may seem kind of disturbing or insecure to have such detailed information in the hands of the unknown. But looking forward 20 to 30 years, the information can be easily accessed whenever needed . It is very important to have something to refer to when reminiscing about the past. Pictures are very important because they trigger the brain to dig into its subconscious and find things you normally wouldn’t have remembered. These stored information doesn’t only benefit us but also they people we share out experiences with. Archived pictures go a long way in describing an event emotionally and physically.

With sites like Facebook, twitter and instagram, retrieving relevant information about myself will be very easy. This easy access to information is a very huge advantage that technology offers to us. We can now comfortably look at our social network posts from years back and remember how we felt during certain important events in our lives. Maybe Remem might have been a bit too far, but simple images and texts are enough to bring back emotions and a visual representation of such events.