Ron Burnett's Cultures of Vision:
Images, the Media, and the Imaginary

Reviewed by Susan Lang
Southern Illinois University

The evolution of the World Wide Web from text delivery system to multimedia authoring environment has brought to the forefront questions about the teaching of writing that were rarely, if ever, asked even five years ago. How one discusses the roles that images, color, and other graphical elements play in a web document is an issue that must be considered more carefully as more instructors work in webbed environments.

The work of film and media theorists seems one logical source for writing instructors to turn to as they sort out the role of the image in their classes. In his book Cultures of Vision: Images, the Media, and the Imaginary, Ron Burnett calls into question the notion of "the all-too-easy conflation of vision with thinking" (4) and promises an extensive examination of the relationships between images and culture, and between thought and imagination. Whether he succeeds in fulfilling his ambitious agenda will be the subject of the remainder of this review.

  • Burnett on photography

  • Burnett on film

  • Burnett on videotape and television

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