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Helping hands

By eachiaa

The quote “picture is worth a thousand words,” represents the idea that a single image can convey different messages to different people. An image described by Roland Barthes is the “Rhetoric of the Image” or several individual parts comprising a whole. Each picture in this image creates one single story. In an image all the different parts that is displayed come together to create a single message. Even a short message that is meant for a small purpose can regain its image after it is interpreted by others. These interpretations are influenced by Barthes three messages of an image,...

Get on Board to Stay on Track

By LuckyFaith

We do not, as Americans, hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. If we did, all men and women in America would have the same rights, but they do not. Women still earn less than men in the workforce and have not been elected president of our nation. Homophobic laws prevent some Americans from marrying the person they love or remaining with them and making decisions for them when they are critically ill. Racism continues to occur all over the United States on a daily basis with the Ku Klux Klan still very active throughout the country.

America has been...

What is in my mind

By aquaman

I'm a big Caps fan and as one I have a very strong dislike for the Pens. So in my twisted little world this how a game between the Caps and Pens would play. Slapshot would royally bring the pain and take a spear to the gut of a penguin in front of the entire Pens bench. The best way I could possibly describe this image is that it represents the rivalry between the two teams that has become much more aggressive in recent years. The games are more intense with fans being more vocal in these games then in others. I can speak on such matters with personal experience, a Capitals vs....

Pop Icons

By annie.bru

This image brings together three of the greatest pop icons in history: Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Lady Gaga. The first is Elvis Presley, the ‘King of Rock and Roll’. Elvis’ charisma, bold style and attitude, and numerous hit records made him one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The second is Michael Jackson, the ‘King of Pop’. Michael Jackson was a groundbreaking artist from childhood through to his adult years. He broke new ground in music, dance, and entertainment as a whole. The last icon is Lady GaGa, an impressive new force in pop music with radical...

Nzinga versus the Hydra

By b4ssm4st3r

This image combines several themes which have always fascinated me, and which have defined my life. The first theme, probably the most apparent, is that of myths and fantasies. Growing up, I was always obsessed with the stories about dragons and heroes with magic swords. The second theme is that of the video game. I have always been drawn towards video games because of their storyline, and it just so happens that many popular games draw inspiration from older mythological stories. Final Fantasy is one, but so is the Legend of Zelda, and even more strategic...

I got that 4-H spirit up in my head!

By msmith4

This 4-H Clover image has little to no linguistic meaning. The letter “H” appears in each of the clover’s leaves, but that means little to a person who is not familiar with 4-H. Some may see the letter as a part of the non-coded iconic image, while others may read the letters much like a brand name, as if it had a linguistic message. As a part of the non-coded iconic message, the letters contribute to the ensemble of the 4-H Clover. Without the letters, one may just associate the overall form with a nondescript clover. The clover incorporates five distinct pictures of people in various...

Shades of Gray: the God Problem

By kalki

The viewer is possibly first hit with the photo of a shirtless, smoking Christopher Hitchens, and then takes in C.S. Lewis on the left and the large type in the center. Maybe he laughs, realizing that, since Hitchens is shirtless, he is not supposed to take this too seriously. The yeti is also a tip-off.

Roland Barthes, in Rhetoric of the Image, describes images as having three types of messages: the literal, linguistic, and symbolic. Literally, the viewer sees two large images of men opposite each other (Hitchens and C.S.), a smaller image on the right (a yeti), a few symbols (a...

Human Mind

By spbr90

Images can tell a story without using any words at all, or with just a few words for clarification. Some images are created to make a statement about a topic, others to tell a story, and others even as a representation of something else. With just one page or one small portion of a page, an image can say what originally might take up various pages of written work. The creators of images (such as artists, photographers, painters, and computer graphics designers) can choose to include or eliminate any details from their image in order to successfully get across and idea exactly as they...


By jellogymnast11

A beautiful view, a rock, a girl, and a laptop are seen at a glance, most likely in a different order for each viewer. This image may bring up multiple questions about its validity and message based on how the observer interprets it.

In this picture, I am sitting on top of a rock, looking out at the water that separates the mainland from an island, Magnetic Island, off of the coast of Queensland, Australia. This picture can be interpreted in various ways. The literal meaning of this image, in terms of Roland Barthes' analysis of images, is that I am on top of a rock,...

The NEW Buzz in LA


With regards to my blog spot I created “The Buzz" based on my love of sports that I have had since a young age and that effects just about everything I do from the types of movies I watch to what school I attend. Its general purpose is to keep people informed and updated about happenings in the sports world, specifically basketball this time of year. Sports have become ubiquitous in today's society and it is impossible to pick up a magazine or newspaper without seeing pages dedicated to sports. People often dismiss sports as not important when there is so much going on in the world today,...


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