Throughout the world literacy and photography have inspired individuals by how they point their message across to the viewers. They have the power to attract and inspire others in how skillfully they write or in how they draw and take photos. In the article “Picture Imperfect” by Jed Perl, he explains photography is not one hundred percent accurate evidence for their spectators. Due to this, both literacy and photography connect to each other by depending on their audience for judgment.
But in the other hand, the role of literacy exceeds the role of photography because it helps the audience target the final analysis in ways that pictures cannot as noted in the article “The New Literacy” by Clive Thompson. Before any author begins to write a story he/she is not only jotting down the plot of the story but also determining who will be their audience. They aim to attract a group of people by coping with their ideas and keeping in mind what kind of people they would like to motivate. That’s why it is important for the writer to know who will be their audience before they begin to write.
The author’s and photographer’s interest are both to stimulate the minds of their audience. In other words, the role of the audience will always remain the same because they determine whether or not the work is inspirational. In the article, “Picture Imperfect” Jed Perl claims photography is altered only by the verdict of their viewers. By this statement, he believes the camera never lies but it is important to examine first and not assume. Many people undertake that pictures are accurate because they are viewing the image from their own perspective.
What baffles my mind is why do people assume what their seeing is actually what they think their seeing. For example, “Photographs, in and of themselves, do not necessarily tell us very much” (Perl 136). That is to say, photographs don’t show the entire scenario. There is not enough evidence in a 2-dimensional picture but it is up to the audience to reflect on possible outcomes. In the article, “American Then … 2000” a story named Elian Gonzalez states, “Pictures, like words, can project illusions and take events out of context” (Atwan 147).
This circumstance occurred during the Gonzalez case because the picture shows an armed helmeted agent pointing his gun towards Elian. The author explains those who supported the anti- Castro cause of Cuban Americans focused on this picture which showed no evidence at all to who the agent was clearly pointing his gun to. For all you know it could’ve been anyone hidden next to the boy making it easy to confuse the audience. By this photograph not showing every dimension of the room it was easy for those supported the anti- Castro case to manipulate their audience.
As a result, making them believe the agent had his gun pointing towards the little boy instead of whoever was hidden for the viewers to notice. However, those who supported the government showed a photograph of the six year old boy Elian happily reunited with his father in an online article “Together at Last” by Bill Hewitt. With this in mind, some pictures are altered to satisfy their audience. In the article, “The New Literacy” Clive Thompson states that besides the proliferation of teenagers writing more than any other generation their number one goal is to impress their audience.
It is essential for the writer to know the reader. For example, “When Lunsford examined the work of first-year students, she didn’t find a single example of texting speak in an academic paper” (Thompson 174). A student wouldn’t put texting acronyms like “OMG” or “LMAO” for their essay to enter graduate school. It is not formal enough to qualify as a good paper. As a matter of fact it is unacceptable. On the other hand, if I’m writing a letter to a loved one I can put words that don’t fit their context because I’m not receiving a grade for it. The norm of society works this way.
If I’m writing a paper for a professor my writing skills will enrich in a formalized format as oppose to writing a letter or thought to my best friend or sister. These insights intersect with Perl’s ideas because a photographer works the same way many of the times by pleasing to the eye their work for the audience. In some way or form a photographer will always find a way to amend a photograph with an exuberant idea to grasp the audience’s attention. Both Thompson and Perl connect their ideas between literacy and photography by depending on their audience for their last thought.
Thompson believes the audience has an immense role in literacy while Perl claims the audience makes the last finding in a photograph. Through this, the audience is privileged to critique on their work because without them everything would be bogus. You need an audience in order to revise your writing because you need feedback to enhance your work for publicity. You need an audience to complete a scenario in a photograph not just by looking at the 2-D form in a photograph but by looking at it through every dimension. Both Perl and Thompson present heir ideas with detailed and supported ideas to attract the reader’s attention by connecting their train of thought. They both exemplify real research examples that augment the main idea. This helps the reader understand their final thoughts. From my perspective, I can relate to being a teenager and writing formal for a school paper or changing the format when I write letters to my boyfriend in the USMC. As for viewing a photograph, I tend to believe every expression, place, person shown in a picture. From now on I will see photographs in a different way to discover the truth behind what is not evidentiary.
The audience is the foundation to authors and photographers work of art. By work of art I refer to their skills in writing and taking pictures. Whether it is an informative essay for your best teacher or a sexy photograph purposely intended to promote a place or event. The unique quality about both literacy and photography is that they can mend the truth by confusing their audiences. They have the capacity to trick their viewers by hiding the truth and patching-up photographs or writing inaccurate arguments for a specific group of people.
The author Perl and Thompson are guided by their main goal to awaken the readers mind and go beyond boundaries, leaving the audience to call the shots. The norm of society tends to seek truth by thinking outside the box. But we need people that think around it, with brilliant minds when it comes to analyzing the depth of literacy and photography. The ways in which we write things are purposely wrote for a certain someone and the way in which we take photographs are edited to purposely entertain a group of people. Every master piece should be embraced by an audience. Who knows, maybe it can win an award winning title because of them …