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Why We Shouldn’t Throw Babies

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http://resourceful-parenting.blogspot.com/2012/06/bayi-anda-bukan-bola.html

In this article, the infographic and the visualization both play a very important part in conveying a very important idea to the general public.

Let’s start with the visualization. At first glance, we quickly notice that the visualization is a man playing with a baby. More importantly, it would appear to be a general guide on how to play with a baby. We see on the left that simply holding the baby is a gernally accepted action through the relatively “calm” color scheme in the drawing and a big “yes” underlined near the picture. On the right side, however, we see the same man throwing his baby up into the air, with a big, slanted “no” in all caps and all red lettering along with a warning sign. This visual communicates to us that it is ok to hold a baby up in the air but actually throwing it into the air comes with some kind of warning or wrong doing.

Moving on to the actual information, the article states that throwing babies is a very dangerous activity. The baby may be enjoying it, but at such a young age even if you do catch it every time you can still cause the baby some serious health problems attributed to the increased heart rate the baby gets when it is in freefall. The information listed in the article helps explain the reasons behind the visualization. Without the information, we would be left to assume that throwing babies is wrong and we would have absolutely no idea why this is. The picture states an idea, and the information sheds light on the idea introduced in the picture. Without the picture there would be nothing for the information to talk about. Without the information, we’d just have a picture with a vague purpose that we probably wouldn’t be able to pin down for a discussion of any kind.

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?