All through this semester we have learned and discussed about the many ways to communicate either directly or non-verbally. In this blog post I will discuss the ways how nonverbal communication can be used to discipline and punish others in three different contexts including visual rhetoric, mediated communication, and propaganda.
According to web. stanford.edu, visual Rhetoric is defined as the form of communication that uses images to create meaning or construct an argument. Using either visual learning, visual thinking , or visual messages, all are used to get the same point a crossed which is, to argument a point of view, that can easily catch someone’s eye and can easily understand it.
Control: There are many different uses of visual rhetoric in the real world to control it, such as “drive sober or get pulled over”, “Look out for motorcycles”, and a deer crossing sign. The law creates all of these examples and if followed correctly, our world can be a safe place. But there are other times when people get lazy and choose to break these warning signs. This is when punishment comes into place.
Punishment: Although visual rhetoric may seem all good, but there are times when people go against rules created by the law. We are humans, and humans sometimes choose the wrong path. Here is an example:
In this example, you can obviously see that there is a sign that says “Thank you for driving carefully”, assuming you will drive carefully on this road. As you can see this vehicle either didn’t see it or chose to drive fast. Either way, this driver got their consequence.
In this class, we have learned that propaganda is commonly used by an image and/or message that can affect people’s point of view, or change the way they think about something.The purpose of propaganda use in today’s society is to persuade others about something you believe in or trying to get people to understand more of something. In my mind, I always visualized propaganda as always a bad thing and a good thing. The ones I have seen throughout my lifetime, have always been so serious. But after doing some research, I have realized now that it can also be in the form of humor but still get a point a crossed.
Discipline: The way I see and understand propaganda is it can persuade others to make good decisions, depending on how effective the ad is, but as I said earlier, people have used them in a funny way but still be able to talk about a serious topic. Here is an example:
In this image, it shows a march for LGBT rights. Even though the poster looks old, the topic relates to today’s society because not every state supports this. According to amnestyusa.org, “In many countries, the refusal of governments to address violence committed against LGBT people creates a culture of impunity where such abuses can continue and escalate unmitigated. Often, such abuses are committed by the state authorities themselves, with or without legal sanction”. Many issues within this topic are Decriminalization and Marriage Equality.
Punishment: According to dictionary.com propaganda is defined as “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view”. Here is the U.S we aren’t as big on this topic because we are very independent and consider ourselves “a free country” which we also live in a world of democracy. But unfortunately, we do hear about many different choices and punishments people have made around the world. For instance ISIS and the attack on The Ohio State University.
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“What Is Visual Rhetoric – Example 1.” What Is Visual Rhetoric – Example 1, web.stanford.edu/~steener/f03/PWR1/whatisvisrhet.htm.
“The Independent.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/power-to-the-pictures-the-evolution-of-propaganda-2075321.html#gallery.
“About LGBT Human Rights.” Amnesty International USA, http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/lgbt-rights/about-lgbt-human-rights.
“The Definition of Propaganda.” Dictionary.com, http://www.dictionary.com/browse/propaganda.