Blog 4

Images can portray arguments and send messages to the audience very well. It’s like the saying a picture can tell a thousand words. Images have the capability of portraying a message without even needing to explain what is going on. For example, pictures that send messages are very easy to identify during campaign season. Political propaganda all have agendas and attempts to separate their candidate from the other. Every candidate is choosing whether to rely a message to its voters to gain support or putting a negative picture out to attempt to decrease their competitors vote totals. Specific examples of this political propaganda that I have experienced is during our last presidential election. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went at it attempting to portray the other as a monster or crooked and unfit for office. I remember seeing commercials and ads weekly of them mocking the other. This was very impactful on me because it made me realize how competitive these elections are and how the truth can be taken and twisted so much on both sides in order to benefit the person portraying the add. This is not the only use for images portraying arguments. Another way of using images as arguments is to highlight a crisis or topic in which you want attention to be brought too. An example which I found interesting was the border patrol image we saw in class. It highlighted the young kid crying while his mom was being apprehended by border patrol. This made me feel bad for the family and child even though they’re illegally entering our country. This was because of the power of the image. I probably wouldn’t have been moved as much as I was if I was unable to see the scene myself and instead just read about it. Pictures come with lots of power if they’re captured right and I believe they have more power than writing. By being able to see it with your own eyes, it allows you to feel like you are apart of the situation and sympathize with the people or objects in the image. In the past, I haven’t really looked at pictures for a meaning unless it is very apparent to me what they’re trying to portray but I think after responding to this blog I will learn to appreciate photos more for their meanings and not just brush them off. Pictures can significantly change one’s view on a situation. Looking back at our last project when I was researching both sides of gun control. I can now realize that in all the articles in which they pushed for a much stricter gun control policy. They would portray the guns as heavy metal military rifles that looked like killing machines. On the other hand, in all of the articles in which they didn’t not support stricter gun regulations. They would portray the gun as your average .22 which doesn’t scare most people and doesn’t look like a weapon used to kill. Instead it just looks like a harmless pellet gun. This makes the reader have a view on the article before they have even read the first word. I think pictures are a great way of portraying an argument to someone without even having to explain or say a word to them.