Visual Literacy

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Simply put, visual literacy is the ability to derive meaning from images of everything that we see. Being a literate person in the current media-driven, image-saturated culture extends beyond the traditional boundaries of simply reading and writing text.

There have been three major communications revolutions. The first was 5,000 years ago when cuneiform writing was invented. The Printing Revolution, spurred by Johann Gutenberg’s printing press, was the second.

We are in the midst of the third communications revolution: The Digital Revolution. The internet became publicly available in August 1991, the year most graduates of the class of 2013 were born.The world today is supersaturated with images, delivered mostly by digital media.

How do we make sense of it all? By slowing down. By taking our time. By being visually literate.

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