Cruel Pies: The Inhumanity of Technical Illustrations
Abstract:The discussion of ethics in technical illustrations ordinarily focuses on issues of deception or distortion (that is, telling lies), creating a limited definition of visual ethics. Conventional graphic displays of human injuries and fatalities, for example, leave invisible the misery of the victims and their families, and offer what becomes, in effect, a pitiless depiction of statistical information. Such illustrations are neither objective nor ethical—not because of what they show but because of what they don’t show. Technical communicators ought to adopt a humanistic ethic of visual communication that considers both the sensitivity and efficiency of their illustrations.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2001-08-01
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