237.130 Week 5 TASK 1 – Video Presentation Response

This is in response to ‘The power to tell the difference: Visual literacy in a visual age’, TED Talk by Don Levy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f09ybYDJoSE

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Claude Monet. Impression: Sun Rising, 1872. Oil on canvas, 48 x 63cm

In Levy’s talk he mentioned the way that imagery can blur the line between fact and fiction: “The more convincing the imagery, the gap between fact and fiction blurs”. In terms of Monet, and the Mirzoeff reading, Impression: Sun Rising could easily be shown to blur the gap between fact in fiction in terms of the anesthetic: In beautifying the pollution, Monet blurred the reality of what people perceived as good and bad. The facts (that pollution harmed the environment and people) were blurred by the perceived beauty of the image.

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