Panning for Nuggets 2

Pictures and words are symbols used to represent real objects, events, and actions. Pictures are concrete representations that in nearly all cases2 physically resemble their referent objects; they are analogies of the real world. In contrast, words in nearly all cases3 are abstract representations that have an arbitrary relationship with their corresponding objects. Each word is actually a category that refers to a broad range of concrete objects (Glaser, 1992Paivio, 1986). Words carry the essence of an object, abstracting a stimulus into its basic, invariant properties.

Pictures and words are symbols used to represent real objects, events, and actions. Pictures are concrete representations that in nearly all cases2 physically resemble their referent objects; they are analogies of the real world. In contrast, words in nearly all cases3 are abstract representations that have an arbitrary relationship with their corresponding objects. Each word is actually a category that refers to a broad range of concrete objects (Glaser, 1992Paivio, 1986). Words carry the essence of an object, abstracting a stimulus into its basic, invariant properties.

The most significant impact of technology on communication is the spread of the Internet and the possibility of sending emails and chatting. In the pre-information technology days, a document often required re-typing on the typewriter before the final version. Sending the letter across a distance to someone else required a visit to the post office and a postage stamp. Faster methods such as telegrams had severe limitations in text, and remained costly.

I really had quite a time trying to find quality articles for this post. The connection I saw between these three quotes is “words.” And I mean words as in words opposed to pictures or spoken language. Written communication is one of the qualities that sets us apart from other animals. I believe we should use this ability to the fullest extent in any variety, including writing novels, poetry, fanfiction, art, etc. The first two quotes are oddly similar even though they are from two different articles. The fact that humans started writing things down to communicate rather than speaking is so fascinating. We have come so far only to go a little farther.

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