It has been an expedition of educational proportions, which is exactly what a higher educational facility should provide. It has been a daunting and intriguing task learning how to decipher McLuhan, McCloud and National Geographic’s pieces of rhetoric. In all honesty those books were not a small or easy task to fully comprehend, but it was rewarding beyond belief and the information gained from those texts will follow me for the rest of my career.
A few of the biggest things I can take away from those readings would be new perceptions and ways of looking at things. Scott McCloud taught about ambiguity and closure in his book Understanding comics. This is a pillar to comic books, and something the brain naturally and autonomously does when ever something is viewed in or out of context. The idea that comics have so much to teach about literary art and typography is absolutely stunning. McCloud had the audacity to teach the world the importance of juxtaposing images and words to convey a message to a mass audience. By doing so I will never be able to look at comics in the same light.
The same could be elaborated on in the Nat Geo’s Complete Photography. I felt I had a good grasp on photography, and after Complete photography those feelings were cemented. Learning the jargon for the actions I already implemented just furthered the understanding of what the power of an image has, and how the tool of a camera is essential for advancing the movement of visual culture that is already fast-tracked to who knows where. This book gave me new angles and allowed me to make bigger goals, and loftier challenges than what I previously had for myself. Through the photoessay that came with this section of the course I learned just how much I elated in managing the layout of literature. It gave me a goal to look for professionally with an idea of what I really want to do. If you are curious of what that is, I apologize because you will just have to wait and see.
Finally the last book by McLuhan was interesting. The medium is the massage was unique in the way it presented controversial topics that completely predict how culture has become, but in a manner that leaves the reader asking themselves what just happened as they look in the mirror and see the foot imprint on the side of their head. I think the thing that struck me the most was that he literally said whatever we create for a media will eventually own us because we will become so obsessed with it. I cannot claim that McLuhan is lying .
In the end I would easily take my visual culture and language class over in a heartbeat.
Its been something.