Essay on The Is The Easiest Medium Of Communication

1899 Words Apr 27th, 2015 8 Pages
Before society became an uproarious, interconnected superhighway, it resounded in silence. Communication was arduous due to the inability to understand different languages. However, many argue that a way to transfer ideas from one end of the world to the other was conceivable; not only was this so but it has also been in existence since the dawn of time: the image. Walt Disney said it best, "Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language," (Disney). While this avenue is effective, it in no way is the most dependable. Although the image is considered the easiest medium of communication, this form is sometimes unreliable and cannot be the sole vessel for the transfer of ideas and current events.
Firstly, one must determine the definition of "image" and why it is used. Simply put, an image is a picture, and in this present society and culture, images have become tailored to elicit certain actions and emotions (Davis). In 1827, Joseph Nicephore Niepce created the first photographic image using a camera obscura (Bellis). This rudimentary form of the camera was a darkened box equipped with a convex lens that projected the image onto a screen inside ("Camera Obscura"). A little over one hundred years later in 1940, photojournalism began to break through into popularity (Sontag 34). Photography has the capability to arise conflicting responses, "A call for peace. A cry for revenge. Or simply the bemused awareness,…

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