Friday, October 12, 2007

Postmodern Inclinations: The Photograph

During this week's interesting discussion which seemed to keep coming back to literacy (what is it exactly), power, representation, and subjectivity I paused for a moment and captured a moment of "what really happened" as Barthes would have it: "the photographer had to be there ("The Photographic Image," Image/Music/Text 31)

This is me watching Professor Andrew Hugill watching his Second Life avatar watching a video...mise en abyme anyone?

"What is the content of the photographic message? What does the photograph transmit? By definition, the scene itself, the literal reality."
(Barthes, "The Photographic Message" 17)

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