International Perspectives on Theories and Practices of Multimodal Analysis
Edited By Janina Wildfeuer
Conflicts and Pictures: A Study of Images and Agonality in Discourse
We live in the age of pictures (cf. Winkler 1997). We are surrounded by memes, videos, infographics, databases full of pictures, advertisements, and films wherever we go. The information we receive is in most cases multimodal: a verbal mode (whether written or spoken) and a pictorial mode are often combined. These pictures are part of and form the discourses we live in: they accompany articles about events most of us would never actually see in real life; they bring closer politicians and celebrities we would never meet otherwise, and obtain us with concrete visual associations with specific events and objects in the world.
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