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Cristi's projects in school library studies

Visual Literacy and Audio Literacy

Sound changes what we feel

What do you see and what do you hear?

What is it that you’re not seeing?


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Visual and audio literacies are basic elements of media literacy— what you hear and what you see play a big role in experiencing media. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines visual literacy as “the ability to recognize and understand ideas conveyed through visible actions or images.” Audio literacy, though I could not find a lot of information on its definition, is about the awareness of the power of sound in delivering a message. An image can have additional meaning depending on the sound that accompanies it. As an example: imagine a scene—a forest and mountain landscape at nighttime, a moon peeking behind the silhouette of trees. Accompany this image with Debussy’s Clair de Lune, then you have a dreamy and contemplative feeling. Change this sound to crickets, hyperventilation and screams, you have a scary feeling; play the Looney Tunes music and you can almost see Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd about to appear from behind the trees.

Do you see what I see?

Images can be cropped, manipulated and edited and each time, the information is changed. The whole picture is not often shared.

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