A brief Google Images search for the key term “millennials” yields the following results:
To survive without losing our minds in today’s age of “fake news,” we need to know how to ask questions about and analyze images and info online. To do this is to practice “online literacy.” Let’s dive in:
0) What is / who are the subject(s) of this image? What is its topic, “story,” action? What objects seem significant to the subject and/or topic of this image? What might the “backstory” or “context” of this image be?
1) Why might this image [or, taken together, these images] have been made? What are the possible purposes involved in the production of these images?
2) What might the “message” (or messages) of this image be?
3) How has this image been constructed?
3a) Using what media (photography, photoshop, etc.)? Using what kind of lighting (natural, artificial, etc.)? 3b) How is the image framed? (What is in the image and what is not in the image?) What is the angle from which the image is taken (low, high, God’s eye, etc.)?
3c) How much of the frame does the subject take up? (How large does the subject appear to be in comparison to the other objects in the image? Why might this be?)
3d) What is in the foreground of this image? What is in the background? Is there a relationship between what is in the foreground and what is in the background?
4) What might be the connections between questions #2 (message?) and #3 (how made?)?
5) Who made/published this image? When?
HW: Activate CT e-mail and join OpenLab. Post answers to the above questions. Read pp. 1–6 in Packet 1. Read and do exercises on pp. 1-4 of Grammar Book.