Exercise

Exercise


In this exercise, I looked at newspaper articles and how headlines are used in relation to the images. Text can change the meaning of an image dramatically. Without knowing the true context of the image, we tend to take the text on face value. I have created some examples below.

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For example, the image below, a headline could be “Hottest day of the year so far”, or even “UK records hottest day in December ever”. But the actual headline is “River swimming: why don’t Australians take the plunge?”.

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The next image could have a headline of “Record number of tourists flock to Scarborough” or “Britain’s happiest place to live: Scarborough”. The headline that accompanies this image is: “Earthquake strikes off North Yorkshire coast”.

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This image could be, “Strikes to effect Camden Town station”, or “Train prices at record high”. But the actual headline is, “Talks on mobile coverage for Tube stall over costs”.

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“Archaeologists celebrate a rare find”. This could be the headline for the above image. It could also be “Man excavates garden, finds nothing”. The correct headline is: “Man who used life savings to buy a field discovers ruins of an entire lost city under the ground”.

Text can take an image out of context, as it is possible to create a new narrative for the image, and completely change the meaning. Text is important to an image, if it provides the correct information, because if it doesn’t it can become very misleading.


Amati, M & S McPhee. (2016). River swimming: why don’t Australians take the plunge? The Guardian, [Online]. Available at: <https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/30/river-swimming-why-dont-australians-take-the-plunge> [Accessed: 4th January 2017].

Halliday, J. (2017). Earthquake strikes off North Yorkshire coast. The Guardian, [Online]. Available at: <https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/04/largest-earthquake-to-hit-uk-in-decade-felt-off-scarborough-north-yorkshire-coast&gt; [Accessed: 4th January 2017].

Willgress, L. (2017). Man who used life savings to buy a field discovers ruins of an entire lost city under the ground. The Telegraph, [Online]. Available at: <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/03/man-used-life-savings-buy-field-discovers-ruins-entire-lost/> [Accessed: 4th January 2017].

Williams, C. (2016). Talks on mobile coverage for Tube stall over costs. The Telegraph, [Online]. Available at: <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/12/31/talks-mobile-coverage-tube-stall-costs/> [Accessed: 4th of January 2017].


 

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