Seeing Reasons: Visual Argumentation in Advertisements
Author: Slade, C.
Source: Argumentation, Volume 17, Number 2, 2003 , pp. 145-160(16)
It is a commonplace of discussion about the impact of visual media, whether visual images in print, televisual images or the images of the internet, to claim that it functions irrationally. This paper argues against that claim. First, the assumptions about the connection between rationality and linear, written, unemotional prose are unjustified. Secondly, using analytic techniques analogous to those used in identifying argumentation in verbal text, is possible to discern arguments in visual text, in particular in image based advertisements.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Division of Communication and Education, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia E-mail: email@example.com
Publication date: 2003