Critically Reading Image in Digital Spaces and Digital Times

Authored by: Albers Peggy , Vivian M. Vasquez , Jerome C. Harste

Handbook of Writing, Literacies, and Education in Digital Cultures

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138206304
eBook ISBN: 9781315465258
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Images play a significant role in our digital world. Billions of images are uploaded, downloaded, and shared every minute of every day. These images are far from neutral and, like written texts, may impose ideologies on viewers (Albers, 2011; Albers, Harste, & Vasquez, 2011a; Harste & Albers, 2013; Vasquez, 2004; Vasquez, Albers, & Harste, 2011). Further, these ideologies are often internalized and reproduced leading us to ask, “To what extent are images—digital or otherwise—discussed critically?” In this chapter, we attempt to lay out why such a discussion is central to preparing citizens for the twenty-first century, and what more can be done to further such a discussion. This work, we argue, is especially important when it comes to educating students to be critically literate in the digital era of the twenty-first century.

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