Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Do you see What I see

I agree with others that Windows and Mirrors is a great book to end with for the class. This book made me think of numerous elements of the Internet that I had not previously connected before. Having a niece who is growing up in this age of over stimulation that the Internet provides, it is interesting to watch her navigate her way around the web. Because children use pictures to complete meaning, children's websites have a lot more information going on than I previously considered. The vibrant colors and what seemed like and over abundance of illustrations are all a part of the process of children putting the story together.
Earlier in the semester I posted that learning via the Internet for things such as history in which the children could potentially all be learning different parts of history depending upon their interests seemed like a bad idea. I still agree with this point; however, there are many children's books that do not have words. Think of the endless possibilities in creating a book of illustrations, and how each story is somehow tailored to the life experiences of the adult or child who is creating a story for this book. The older I became the more I skipped the pictures, but I think it would be interesting if we all took a look at a book that we loved as a child and simply looked at the pictures.
I am also wondering if when animated movies are updated if they are giving the younger generations visual meaning which is more in tune with their schema. While to adults it may seems as though they simply added more vibrant colors to a Cinderella movie, I am interested to know how these changes effect a child's understanding of the movie all together. I may be stretching this out at this point, but like I said this book sparked numerous rants in my head.

1 comment:

Lance Strate said...

Are you saying that animation is more of a reflective interface, less transparent than live action?