Still mulling over Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, Huxley’s Brave New World, the Manga Bible and now Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age. Principally in terms of the difference between text-based culture and image-based culture, and photography vs iconography. Question: to what degree are photos capable of functioning as narrative art?
We are flooded with photos from around the world and across time, but without context they can function for little else but novel amusement, for infotainment. Note the world wide web dominance of LOLcats for instance. O brave new world, I can see you in my SEO stats! And I can see your influence in worship services.
But as I have frequently intimated, without context, without narrative, the liturgical and iconographical potential of art is diminished. So its a key question for me now, given photography is ubiquitous, can it sustain a narrative without a human narrator? If so, how? Even if it is difficult, how?