Camera, Action! Rolling...
It's all about images. From billboard commercials, radio and magazine
ads, even to television series and film, we live in a world were
images prevail. Buy this...because you'll look like her if you
do! Buy that...he'll like you if you do! Buy this...it'll change
your life, I guarantee it!
we don't buy the product, we probably still buy the image.
a primary, and international communication device. We use images
in everything. Have you ever bought a book for its cover? Or not
bought a book for its cover?
I know I
I'm a writer,
as you've probably guessed. And let me tell you, being a writer
in this day and age isn't easy. Everyone tells you that the more
you read, the better you write. But does that mean the more you
"watch", the worse you write?
who view extensive amounts of media, as I myself do, simply think
I am not
your average bookworm writer. I read when I can, absorb the vocabulary
and the style, and write when the words come to mind. I am, however,
a moviegoer. I enjoy the visual effects, and the fast paced action.
I revel in image-based media. I crave it. So yes, it has affected
my writing style. But then again, I am an image-based thinker.
Everything plays back in my head like a motion picture. Was I
born this way?
In my Mass
Communications course this past winter I learned that television,
movies, and the Internet has caused us to think less linearly,
a.k.a. we are less able to read from point A to point B. We tend
to want to click, or flip, from A to Z, to Q, to C and so on.
In a sense we are only getting a piece of the whole, so the experts
say. Does this more abstract, image-based, thinking cause us to
be less literate, though?
ways, yes. In some ways, no.
notable result I have found to the consumption of movies and the
Internet in my life has been the fact that my writing has become
quite visual. I think and write as if I were making a movie. I
still have to ask myself, though, whether this was a natural tendency,
or the result of media.
does stretch us more than the "read a sentence, get distracted
by an image, go read something else" state of mind that most Internet
and television surfers are facing today.
distracted by images and flashy technology isn't the end of the
world. So we think less linearly, as long as we are still reading,
and writing, we should be ok.
words of wisdom are this: Read whenever you can. Try to balance
your electronic media consumption with books. If you can successfully
indulge in both film or television and a good old fashioned paperback
or hardcover, then you should be ok.
gratification will only take you so far. Writing, as I have learned
all too well, takes patience, not to mention time. If you're reading,
you'll learn to put up with distractions, which hopefully will
be transferred into your writing.
again, these words are coming from a media addict who does not
think altogether linearly. So what do I know?
May Maurice (C) 2000. All Rights Reserved.
of West Vancouver, BC, Canada, Kimberley dreams of being a freelance
writer, writing an Oscar worthy screenplay, and travelling to
such places as Spain, Ireland, and Africa. She is currently a
Communications student at Trinity Western University in Langley,
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