Kate Brigham

MFA Thesis Project

Advisor: Jen Hall
Massachusetts College of Art
Boston, MA

© 2002
L. Kate H. Brigham

 


THESIS ABSTRACT


News delivery in this country is increasingly comprised of carefully crafted displays of visual information. As consumers of information, however, most of us have never been taught to critically read or decode images and other graphic displays of information in the same ways that we have been taught to analyze verbal communication. We are taught reading comprehension and writing skills throughout most of our educational experience, but not visual language comprehension. Yet, if we wish to remain critical viewers of the news media in the midst of this image-driven, converging media landscape, we must develop equally sophisticated visual literacy skills. I believe that bringing together the work of multiple disciplines including communications, media studies and communication design is key to addressing this problem. At the intersection of those fields, there is a rich body of work that seeks to understand and analyze the power, the practices, and the techniques employed by the news media in presenting visual information. By taking advantage of work done in these related discourses, new methods of promoting visual literacy can be derived. This thesis builds on elements from each of those disciplines in order to create a prototype for the critical analysis of visual news content utilizing the tools of interactive visual design.


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PROJECT UPDATES

TIMELINE < updated February 26 , 2002 >
Monthly thesis project timeline.
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RESEARCH < updated November 24, 2001 >

Explanation and clarification of some of the terminology used throughout my thesis investegation. Quotes and other relevant research findings on topics including news, branding, packaging and a variety of visual news mediums including television, newspapers, news magazines, and the internet. Notes on Noam Chomsky, information about the field of Comparative Media Studies, and more to come...
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CASE STUDY
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Case study prototypes, interface sketches, concepts, visual explorations, etc.
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WRITING < updated May 16, 2002 >
Content includes thesis abstract, thesis document outlines and thesis proposals written from May – September 2001 which reflect the early stages of my thesis direction.
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PRESENTATIONS < updated May 18, 2002 >
The final presentation of my thesis work will be on Monday, May 20, 2002. It will be a 30 minute presentation followed by 20 minutes for discussion and comments.
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RESOURCES and LINKS < updated April 27, 2002 >
The resources and links page includes a list of related Web Sites, On-line Resources, Books, Articles and Radio Programs which have informed my thesis investegtation.
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