Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Friday, July 24 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Matched or Misleading: Evaluating the Narratives of Text & Images in News

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In an information environment heavily reliant on both text and images, as well as other multi-modal forms, it’s important to recognize the role of images on interpreting and understanding information sources such as news.  Images are powerful information sources that are more quickly processed than text and can impart a strong influence on the narratives we create.  At an extreme, images can be deliberately misappropriated or fabricated to create misleading or false stories or perceptions. Think deep-fakes.  Other forms of misuse may be less severe but can still generate inaccurate and unfair understandings of people, organizations or events.

One form of image misuse in the news environment is contextual misrepresentation, as coined by Thomas Palmer of the Picture Prosecutor. Contextual misrepresentation is the use of images with text that result in false meaning.

This session will demonstrate a lesson plan, used with undergraduate students, introducing the concept of contextual misrepresentation. Participants will understand the speed with which images are processed and the power they impart in multi-modal news evaluation. They will consider how images and text can create new narratives and will explore (in)appropriate pairings of text and images in news. In this demonstration, participants will be asked to evaluate news items, represented by text and image, to determine if the context is retained or misrepresented.

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Sara Davidson Squibb

Head, Research & Learning Services, UC Merced Library

Friday July 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am AST
HUB 334 (Seats 60)

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