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The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens

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An urgent, erudite, and practical book that redefines literacy to embrace how we think and communicate now

We live in a world that is awash in visual storytelling. The recent technological revolutions in video recording, editing, and distribution are more akin to the development of movable type than any other such revolution in the last five hundred years. And yet we are no
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published April 16th 2013)
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Jan 30, 2016 Chris added it
The first half of this book was disappointing. The author uses numerous examples throughout history to prove that images are a powerful as the written word and, therfore, need to be included in the idea of "literacy". There's interesting bits of science and biology and "mirror" neurons that show the viewed "film" can create companion feelings in the viewer.
I found it disappointing because most of this I was already aware of. It's all, blah, blah, blah, cave paintings, blahblahblah, people exper
Jessica Plante
Jul 02, 2014 Jessica Plante rated it it was ok
Not terribly impressed. It's an important concept and he makes a lot of good points... but I'm not convinced that we need to formally teach literacy of the image to the same extent that we teach how to digest written texts since so much of visual media is intuitive. How to make videos and dissect their presentation is certainly important in our day and age, but I think he goes too far-- the written word is timeless and will certainly not be replaced by visual media.
Roderick Mcgillis
Dec 03, 2014 Roderick Mcgillis rated it liked it
Maybe a star too many. The argument is: literacy in the twenty-first century crucially involves visual literacy. This is not surprising to hear. We get a brief overview of technology's impact on social and political change. What is less convincing is the suggestion that the means to visual expression are democratic in that everyone has access to the mans of visual communication. Nevertheless, Apkon is right to emphasis the importance of teaching visual literacy. And his book offers a very brief, ...more
Daniel Carson
Jan 11, 2015 Daniel Carson rated it liked it
The main focus of the book is an urgent one, but by 2/3 of the way through the book, one gets the impression that he ran out of things to say after the first third.
Amazing book talking about how our society has adopted visual works into our own literacy. Has great examples, talks about some of the biology and psychology behind it. Highly recommended.
Anna Dickson
Decent read

I could have done without the instructional chapter on making films, however the argument that visuals are changing our world and we need to teach visual literacy is on point.
Sam Baber
May 04, 2015 Sam Baber rated it really liked it
for anyone who desires a crash course in how we read or misread visuals in film and other media, this is a great text
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Stephen Apkon is the Founder and Executive Director of The Jacob Burns Film Center, a non-profit film and education organization located in Pleasantville, N.Y. The JBFC presents a wide array of documentary, independent, and foreign film programs in a three theater state-of-the-art film complex, and has developed educational programs focused on 21st century literacy. Under Steve’s leadership, the J ...more
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