Kathy Antrobus February 16, 2005

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Kathy Antrobus February 16, 2005

Kathy AntrobusFebruary 16, 2005Response Paper 1 ART 101-41
I am analyzing James Elkins Visual Studies: A Skeptical Introduction.

Visual Literacy is a branch of traditional literacy that presupposes that
pictures have syntax and grammar in the same way writing does. I am going
to explain “that this is the most visually literate period in
history.”(129) I will give you reasons why and support those reasons with
facts. I am also going to explain “that the twentieth century was a
profoundly nonvisual century, which developed some of its key concepts
without direct recourse to visuality.”(132) I am also going to describe
and explain what postocular theory is.

“The first claim is that this is the most literate period in history.

The text says that we see more images per month or per year than people in
the past; and we can also process more images per a minute.”(129) The
reason for this is because we watch more television and play more video
games then the people in the past. I believe this is true because as soon
as kids are home from school they either turn on the television or turn on
the computer or video game system. If you go overseas you see similar
symbols that are in the United States. These universal symbols have
started to be used more often. Also the rise in tourism has expanded the
need for universal comprehension of images. This means that more and more
people are coming to America and we need a universal language.

“The second claim is that the twentieth century was a profoundly
nonvisual century which developed some of its key concepts without direct
recourse to visuality.”(132) The reason for this is because during the
beginning of the twentieth century there was not a lot of television show
or video games so there was not a lot of images to see. You would go to
the movies and that was about all. I know about this because my
Grandparents told me that there was not much on television and they went to
the movies allot. Claim number two also describes what postocular theory
is. The definition of postocular theory is “attempts to move beyond the
dominant visual metaphors and schemes of intelligibility informing Western
epistemology and towards a richer, dialogical-conversational conception of
experience and knowledge.”(133) This means your mind determines what colors
and shapes you actually see.

In conclusion, visual literary is a branch of traditional literacy
that presupposes that pictures has syntax and grammar in the same way
writing does. I described that this is the most visually literate period
in history. I gave reasons why and supported those reasons with facts. I
also explained and supported that the twentieth century was a profoundly
nonvisual century which developed some of its key concepts without direct
recourse to visuality. . I also described and explained what postocular
theory is.