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VIN #2

Within this chapter we learn about symbols and icons.  Although some may no know the difference between the two there is actually a large difference. With an icon it is an image that stands for something.  And even if you have never seen it before you would know what it means. Like an image of a girl with a line through it means ‘no girls’.  The icon is an easy thing to understand and is easy to read as a whole. Even the basic of children can look at an icon and understand what it means if they have seen the related image.
With symbols you need to know what the image means before you can understand what it means. The symbol of a female looks nothing like a girl. It is a cross with a circle at the top of it. Or the symbol for male is a circle with an arrow out of the topside. Just because some people know what the symbol means doesn’t mean everyone does. It is all based off the viewer’s knowledge before looking at the image. There are many symbols in the world and most people do not know what they mean.

Vin #4

In chapter four we read about many different terms, two of which being the linguistic message and coded iconic message. With a linguistic message you are given a form of text, and with that text you understand what that word means and a few things about it. This only works though if you have previous knowledge of that language. You can not understand text of another language if you do not read that language. Unless of course if that word is a common used word and you know the meaning of it. Then that text not only tells you what it means but also it’s nationality, such as the word ‘Aloha.’ It is a Hawaiian word but most people know that it means hello and good-bye in Hawaiian. Just by seeing that word you know it is a greeting or farewell and that it is a Hawaiian word.

The second term was coded iconic message which refers to an item meaning many different things. It is used to let the reader or viewer decide what it may be about. When a viewer sees an image of a glass of lemonade they can think it represents many different things. They could think it as drink, or maybe even cool. They could also link it with summer or a pool because that is where they drink lemonade. It’s all based off of the viewer’s idea of what that image might mean. Some people may see it as a completely different thing than another.

VIN #3

Within this chapter we spoke about denotation and connotation. When speaking about images the word denotation refers to the direct way to view an image. It is the first level of signification. When doing this there is no hidden meaning to the image. Like a picture of a cat is just a picture of a cat. It is an absolute image with no hidden meaning. Anyone who picks up a camera is able to take denotation photographs. Any pictures that they take will not have any special effect to them to try to have some secret meaning to them. The images are just simple and straightforward images.

When speaking of images, connotation is a way to affect the image and give it meaning. When you have an image but change he way it is taken that is called connotation. Connotation is the second level of signification. With connotation you take the images used in denotation and edit the image with different affects. For example the image of the cat could be taken and zoomed in on the ear. By doing so you give a feeling of importance to that image that you did not get from the denotation image.

VIN #1

The connection between linguistic signs and duality is a very interesting one. The idea of the linguistic signs is the ability to look at a sign and understand what it means. That you do not need words on it to understand what it means when a line is through a dog on a sign at a park. It shows that no dogs are allowed without having the words printed up for all to see. It is a link in your mind between an image and a meaning. In that since, it links together with duality. Duality is the idea that seeing letters mean a sound which in turn letters together mean a word which means a thing. But in other languages the same rule dose not apply. For what one thing is in English it is not the same for French. There fore the idea to link a letter and word to an image is almost meaningless. With that idea being place in our mind a long time ago it is hard to go against it. It is interesting to think about how in a way they work together but then at the same time work against each other. It’s almost like one can not work without the other it’s its job is to disprove the other.

The images shown are that of a linguistic sign and of duality. The sign of the no smoking is easy to understand. It is a sign that we all see and understand what it means. There is no need for words to be written under it. Or any indication of what it means other than the sign itself. It is one of the things that is programmed into us. The other is a picture that relates to duality and it is taken from our book. (Visible Signs by David Crow. pg. 19) It shows how all the images are dogs but the word for dog is different depending on what language you are speaking. The actual image has nothing to do with the words that are there.