Posner versus the Video Barbarians If the world is dissolving into a series of visual symbols, as Michael Posner asserts in his essay "Image World," then what symbol might be selected as most representative of this essay itself? I picture a thin-lipped, pale, aristocratic face, locked into an expression somewhere between a sneer and a snarl. It is the face of someone who feels both entitled and threatened, and who longs impotently for the power to put the rabble and their miserable leaders back in their place, worshipping his idols and honoring his ideals. Let us first consider Posner's rhetoric, which deceives both by selective emphasis and by conscious omission. Throughout the essay, from the very beginning to the last lines, he treats...The end:
.....people are too stupid to be able to evaluate or resist visual information, that the crafting of visual messages is done with 100% efficiency by a class of master manipulators who are 100% in agreement with each other, and that these messages have a predictable and precise effect (Posner 103-104). So unpacked, the message, and the essay as a whole, can be recognized as little more than a string of lazy assumptions and ridiculous assertions held together by the contempt of a snob for his supposed inferiors, conveyed by means of a bullying and vacant rhetoric. Works Cited Posner, Michael. "Image Nation." Writing Analytically. First Canadian edition. Eds. David Rosenwasser, Jill Stephen, and Doug Babington. Toronto: Nelson, 2006. 98-104. Print.