In my last two research posts I looked into the themes behind the article and selected two of them to be my central focus.
1. Value/Self worth online
2. Culture of self promotion/advertising
In my research posts I also covered ideas on how I can use the principles of design to portray my meaning.
In essence, my goal is for the image to be visually striking and to make the viewer challenge the social media effect on teenagers. I would like to take either a futuristic approach on my visual to show the exaggerated long term effects of finding value through ‘likes’ etc. Am example of this is the image below. This image immediately can be seen as a look into the future with even babies using technology and everyone on their own cyber-worlds. The traditional image of a family all smiling and cuddled up in bed is now replaces with disengaged family members. I am aiming for my image to have a similar effect where the traditional ideas of what is ‘normal’ is replaced with something that will soon become normalized.
I am also aiming to use the phrase ‘Dont judge a book by its cover”. According to the Cambridge idioms dictionary this means that you cannot judge the quality or character of someone or something just by looking at them. This phrase ties in nicely with the chosen two themes. In terms of self value and worth, often a book that is lustrous and colourful will be selected over a book that is dull and aging. The new book could be the most boring or ill-written piece and the less visually appealing book might actually be a religious holy book, which is essentially priceless. Although this idiom is metaphorical, I would like to be very literal in my image by actually using books.
In terms of my other theme; advertising and self-promotion, I feel that the culture of promoting your life and face on social media in order for people to think of you in a certain way can be linked to the idiom. However in light of the article, it is not other people judging us, it is us striving to get others to formulate a desired judgement of us. For example, an insecure and shy girl might post very seductive and bold pictures on Facebook in order for other people to regard her as ‘sexy and confident’ when in reality she is shy. A person who is lonely and has a quiet social life might take lots of pictures of them doing fun and exciting things overseas etc, when in reality they are deprived of company.
I have chosen my two themes(value and self promotion), the idiom (don’t judge a book by its cover), images (books) and now the challenge is to make it specific to the content within article. The key parts of the article I need to incorporate and possible visual codes I can use are listed below
1. Social media
2. Young teenage girls
You can’t judge a book by its cover. (n.d.) Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed.. (2006). Retrieved March 20 2015 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/You+can%27t+judge+a+book+by+its+cover