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This edition: Images in Media

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Representational images were part of human communication even before language. Writing evolved from pictographs—images in sequence. Block- print images predate movable type and were very much a part of the print revolution. Photography became viable in the mid-nineteenth century. It brought Civil War images home to soldiers’ towns and families, and made it possible for all U.S. citizens to know the faces of their presidents and other celebrities. When photos could finally be included in daily newspapers, the emotional appeal of images became a major force in politics and investigative journalism. This lesson traces the power of images in mass communication through these milestones and examines the new and continuing issues raised by technological advances in photography, film, video, interactive media, and digital imaging software.