Monday Aphorism: Images

Life wants to reduce itself to two dimensions; or less. A picture imploding upon vision’s fickleness, wiping out each previous picture, vivid in its penetration into our mental processes. See it once, see it ten times, it is yours. It is you. Colors ensconce words which are highlighted or diminished around the ideas as images sear eyeballs like newly risen suns.

Events are reduced to the outlines of words which we call objects, state the real to be non-images. And here we are…loving images; they guide thinking, direct seeing to seeing each next image. Imagine! Vision tells us we want to remain in each present moment pushing pictures into some sense of memory which only vision can access.

The control, a theory of images once confined to the interpersonally, to the socially experienced – parents, teachers, searchers after wisdom – now moved to the self: the editor of moving pictures constructed into a thing, an event whose experienced time is constructed and viewed outside its own time. Images recorded to tell a story. A story: images constructed to form another kind of image, a story…a story seems to have more thickness, more duration, than momentary image. Memory…images. Being…images. The real…images?

Slipping into the solipsism in which every I is some string of images of my own creation, so I no longer search for those which inform, stuck in the delight with those that entertain, my mind is some supermarket of images reflecting only upon themselves in the mirror which is me.

  • Enhancing life, it’s so easy to adjust our images for any drama in life…
    … why media literacy is still so radical, why seeing beyond surfaces is more radical still, why seeing or any other sensing in hyper isolation leads to unbalanced being.

  • Harvey Sarles

    Yes, life is “all images” – but now flowing, floating, texting, tweeting – less and less sense of author-ity, of others and one-self. Detached from the world, from me…and you. Time to discuss “being” – John Dewey Center!?

  • Well… don’t know if social media can be dismissed so easily as media consumption can. Isn’t the issue about passive vs. critical use of each way of being? More than before a greater sense of agency is developing as people create and author in multimedia languages, mixing all forms of communication. Especially in the growing Civic commons. This, along with the ethic of Attribution, which arose from the Open Source culture allows for more credit and authorship to be made known who is doing what and with whom. Or are you referring more to the problem of seeing the World As Text… this and Text as World thinking, both that obscure awareness of Being is very much still a big part of your critique that needs to get out there more. How will the John Dewey Center address media literacy gaps in education?