Oral Language and Photography as Forms of Communication


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Oral Language and Photography as Forms of Communication
Allan Sekula discusses photographs as a form of communication in the book, Thinking Photography, while Walter Ong discusses how oral language is different from written print Orality and Literacy. These two articles are similar in the way that both photography and oral language are forms of communication.
Sekula discusses how photography is a form of a message that is based on differences in culture and the people that the photograph represents. “The meaning of a photograph, like that of any other entity, is inevitable subject to cultural definition” (Sekula 84). Photographs send messages to people regardless if the photograph was taken a century ago or recently. Photographs have their...
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.....itten or printed words are tags that are fixed to the object name (Ong 33). People in an oral community use different types of characteristics than people from a typographic or chirographic culture. For example, chirographic structures look for specific types of syntactic. Oral language often has different types of patterns to help people to understand one another and they know that words have power because these spoken words are what people use to understand one another and to pass down messages through generations.
Works Cited
Burgin, Victor. Thinking Photography. Houndsmill, UK: Macmillan Press, 1982.
Ong, Walter. Orality and Literacy.
*These articles were provided by student and not enough information given on the article by Walter Ong.