A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Posted: November 8, 2012 in Words and communications
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A good speaker or writer can paint a picture through the choice of words and the structures of sentences. Gov. Chris Christie of NJ did a fine job of relating the terrible devastation to our shore. Even with only a radio’s audio I could “see” how sad he was, how he was grieving the loss of places that held memories and were a part of his NJ.

However, it wasn’t until I actually saw a picture of Seaside Heights’ ferris wheel tossed into the ocean that the reality hit home.

There is something visceral about an image that written or spoken words can never match. Maybe that’s why we’ve become a species so addicted to our television and internet pages laced with graphics. The graphic novel, comics, and Manga, have also caught on in our western culture. Are we moving away from writing or do images touch a primal emotional center of our brain far better than words?

 The visual arts have always held a prime place in the cultural artistic focus. Maybe it’s just all about “eye candy” but what I know is that the photo of Seaside Heights hit me more than any word ever could. I felt the same during 9/11, glued to the tv set all day watching image after image being replayed.

 But in the end I had to go down to Ground Zero. Maybe because images, though they carry more “data” than words, are not the real thing. I wish I would have gone to the Jersey shore this year before it was mutilated. Now I want to go to see first hand what has happened. To hear the gulls cry and the surf pound over the sad remnants of what I remember. You see, pictures may be worth a thousand words but you still can’t touch, smell or hear the pulse of life through them.

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