Chapter published in:Controversies and Interdisciplinarity: Beyond disciplinary fragmentation for a new knowledge model
Edited by Jens Allwood, Olga Pombo, Clara Renna and Giovanni Scarafile
[Controversies 16] 2020
► pp. 199–215
‘Listening to’ the visual, for a new communication ethics
Communicating with controversial images may be a device to draw attention to issues that are key to the interest of people and society alike. A device that can raise public awareness, or, instead, anaesthetise it may lead to make responsible or irresponsible choices. It is this ability of images that will be emphasised by communicative events involving controversial images, astride three media revolutions ad imaginem: printing, photography and digital technology. Lastly, emphasis will be placed on the importance of communication ethics in the choice of a “good” controversial image, one that may enable viewers to see it, ‘listen to it’ and understand it and, thus, to act morally.
Keywords: controversial, ethics, image, listening, social, visual communication
Published online: 15 October 2020
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