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Why is visual literacy discouraged in most cultures & WHAT CAN WE DO to change that?

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Visual literacy, if described as the ability to communicate via doodling, drawing, and sketching or described as the ability to display complex information in visual language formats, is often a literacy missing in adults despite it being a universal and natural inclination in children. Why does it disappear? And more importantly, what can we do to alter this course?

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    Oct 31 2011: I think visual literacy is more than the line, dot and ground. Words are always symbolic but images, especially moving images, are direct and can convey a lot of information. We rarely discuss the effect it may have on us, although we often talk about the story or the metaphor the images are presenting to us. I remember my design teacher discussing all the intense visual imagery in the Lord of the Rings and how that must affect a young child without intellectual buffers to interpret or categorize that kind of information. It would be like reading Tolstoy's War and Peace at the age of six and how often does that happen? So I think it is very important to teach how visual image is read, how it affects us, and how to be critical about what we are exposing ourselves to, particularly when there is often no choice such as a billboard or a bus ad which is in the public space.

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