Visual Literacy and Culture

About this class

This course introduces students to visual communication, which is at the core of a culture’s symbolic systems, whether as images, video, or active technological processes that structure the way we perceive and react to the world. Students will explore how visual messages represent concepts and define culture. Using three different theoretical models of analysis students will decode the visual language employed in various cultures. They will also examine cultural diversity and how different types of media, including visual technology, mass media and art impact and influence these cultures.

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by India-Lynn on December 4, 2017
1) I already knew that climate change had so many devastating effects on our planet and especially those living on coastlines, but I never knew about any of the improvemnents and positive changes people are trying to make to curb the quickly worsening state of our planet. One video that really stood out to me on the website centered around an artist who is working in the Florida Keys.

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by Sebastian on December 4, 2017
1. I was unaware that all of this was happening right now, i always thought that the future generations were the ones that would get to experience all of this. The sea level is is increasing at an abnormaly fast rate. The villages near the coast will have to evacuate because of the floodings.

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by danielmichalsky on December 4, 2017
1) It was interesting to see how while The Shoreline Project claims that "rising seas and violent storms impact us all", they actually show us documented evidence from different parts of the world. I've never really gotten to intimately see the effects of climate change and I learned that it is certainly much worse than we think. I feel as if I was given some perspective on the subject which is really refreshing. I also learned that even though us humans have the ability to adapt to the changing environment, this is not the case for animals.

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by Shirly Mei on December 3, 2017
1)      One thing that I did not know about climate change and learned after reviewing the site is that beach erosions associated with the rise in the ocean level are mainly caused by the warming climate. To deal with beach erosion a practice called beach replenishment are often done. Beach replenishment means replacing or adding a large quantity of sands that drifted away. It is done to provide shore protection or erosion control but often does not work because the waves wash it away.

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by taricha on December 3, 2017
One thing that came as a complete surprise to me on this site was the involvement of the video-game community in bringing awareness to the issue. Merging a video game, something often used as a form of distraction from the real world for many people, and a critical issue so that users (both indirectly and directly affected by climate change) can develop a deeper intrapersonal understanding of the effects of global climate change is kinda innovative. Developers specifically target younger people, as they are the future and will ultimately be left to fix or deal with this problem.

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by Alain on December 3, 2017
Shipbreaking is a term I frankly never knew existed, I lacked knowledge on where all the old ships get dismantled and burried: Let alone the consequences of such acts. I had no perspective as of how many different areas around the World were affected by climate change, and the video #7 describing how Shellfish are part of the endangered species, really helps put in perspective 'how much we have to lose'. It's  great to see how many organizations are currently taking part in solving this major issue.

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by Alain on December 3, 2017
Shipbreaking is a term I frankly never knew existed, I lacked knowledge on where all the old ships get dismantled and burried: Let alone the consequences of such acts. I had no perspective as of how many different areas around the World were affected by climate change, and the video #7 describing how Shellfish are part of the endangered species, really helps put in perspective 'how much we have to lose'. It's  great to see how many organizations are currently taking part in solving this major issue.

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by chloel on December 3, 2017
One thing that I did not know before engaging in this site is that coral reefs all over the world are in danger of going extinct. Climate change is causing bleaching coral reefs, creating a lack of food, and bringing infections and diseases upon the coral reefs. I was aware that climate change was devastating a lot of plant and ocean life, but it never occurred to me that the coral reefs were being affected.

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by gabdaprano on December 2, 2017
1. What I learned about climate change is that there are many people trying to bring awareness and help to the situation in very different ways. Climate change affects the whole world in many different ways and I never thought it was such a big deal for people until now. I've heard people speak about it but never about the efforts others are trying to make to cope with this problem. I learned its many threats such as sea level rising, fossil fuels, pollution, storms, ocean acidification, and developpment.

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by Shadanté on December 2, 2017
1) I learned that climate change is even affecting professions that has nothing to do with it to take a stand against it. For example, video game developers are working on games that simutales the affects of climate change and how one must maneuver around them.

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by CAyoup on December 1, 2017
As per our class discussion, please go to: http://theshorelineproject.org  Answer the following: 1) What is one thing that you now know about climate change that you did not know before reviewing this site? Explain your answer. 2) a) Explain the Atlas section. How does it work?; b) Does the data tell a story in itself? If so, what is it? Give an example.  http://theshorelineproject.org/#!/endpanel

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by Alison on November 30, 2017
1) Something that I did not know about climate change before visiting this site was that the coral reefs were dying. I also didn't know that it was because of warming seas which is due to global warming and also due to ocean acidification.

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by Alina.Aitkalieva on October 30, 2017
Am I my aesthetic?  It seems like an easy enough question but I wouldn't want to answer it without really questioning myself.

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by rosemarie_laporte on October 30, 2017
I believe it is an erroneous concept to think that one's mindset can't be entirely reflected through his aesthetic, as there are multiple factors converging into what will make you who you are. However, one's aesthetic can give an idea of what are this person's beliefs and/or what are her traits of character. 

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by paytaylor on October 29, 2017
Am I my aesthetic? I believe I'm not but at the same time I believe I am.

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by Sebastian on October 29, 2017
Is the question "do i wear things that i find beautiful because they are beautiful?" If so, the answer is no. I love Nike and Rebook, i wear them not because i like the brand or other people like them but because i like the color or the texture.  I wear clothes because they are comfortable and because we have to. Wait... do we?

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by Shirly Mei on October 29, 2017
Am I my aesthetic? My answer would be both, yes and no. Like most people, I get influenced by the media. I am a huge fan of Korean idols and actors. They all have great body proportions and flawless skin. Seeing how beautiful they look somehow make me feel self-conscious. But then I have to remind myself that those celebrities are also insecure about themselves because they are human and not to mention the world of editing make a huge difference on how people look.

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by Giorgio Balboa on October 27, 2017
I believe that I am my own aesthetic because what I choose to wear reflects who I am. I don’t let the opinions of other influence my style.  Despite my unique style, I do occasionally buy into brand names. For example, I don’t play basketball but I appreciate the Jordan running shoes because of the styles they offer to consumers. Despite this I am also open minded to stray from popular brands and to experiment with different styles. I also can see how people get hooked into the idea that brands make the person. When they mimic a certain style they lose their individuality.  

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Reply to: Am I My Aesthetic?
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Respond to the question, "Are you your aesthetic?"

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You mention that we live in a minimalist society, which is true in the terms of today's modern aesthetic. I find it quite ironic though that despite living in a society with minimalist style, we are the opposite of minimalist when it comes to our consumerist and materialistic habits and lifestyle. 'You have to purchase certain items to obtain minimalism' is quite the contradiction. You alluded to this when you described the high costs of maintaining the " simple, classic look". Interesting points!

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Rosemarie Laporte

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Teacher in the Communications: Media and Studio Arts (CMSA) department at Vanier College, in Ville St-Laurent, QC.

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