Applying Scott McCloud's "Show & Tell" to a Modern Image.
In the provided reading this week, Scott McCloud uses comic form to utilize both pictures and words, explaining the importance of the integration of the two alongside one another, but also showing the power that comes from separating the two. McCloud explains that there can be playful competition in images that combine both words and picture, but that this can "subvert the overall goals".
The first figure below is of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder. (Image from www.bloggingthenebula.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/britain-ignored-lawyers-advice-in-threatening-ecuador-over-julian-assange-e1345344103171-640x360.png )
The second figure is some basic generated text, stating "Freedom Of Speech". Retrieved/generated from/at from www.pixlr.com
The third figure an image we generated combining the Assange image and the "Freedom Of Speech" text. Retrieved/generated from/at www.pixlr.com
All three are very powerful forms of visual rhetoric, each with their own direct messages.
Utilizing all three of these images and what you read from Scott McCloud's analysis of the progression, pairing, and separation of pictures and words, please use all three figures and choose 2 of these questions to write about.
1. In FIGURE 1 and ONLY FIGURE 1: If a picture is worth a thousand words, what do you believe the main message of this picture of Julian Assange is? Does the fact that this example does not contain any text affect the overall tone and message being conveyed?
2. In FIGURE 2 and ONLY FIGURE 2: Does the text alone provide you with an overall sense of anything? Does the actual text make you think of "Freedom Of Speech"? Could there be an alteration to the colors of the text and the background that would make you believe more that it represents freedom of speech?
3. In FIGURE 3 and ONLY FIGURE 3: Now that the picture and words have been combined, do you feel that the message has changed? Do the colors clash between the two? Could the pictures and word function with the same meaning if they were separate, as in FIGURE 1 & FIGURE 2?
4. In ALL THREE FIGURES: Does the progression of Figures being displayed alter how you view the message of the pictures; Does FIGURE 3 have a different meaning now that both the image and text have been combined? Please explain whether you believe why or why not.