The intention of this website is fourfold:
 
1) Become visually literate - you, as parents, as Christians, should be aware of the visual culture that surrounds you in order to properly discern what God may or may not desire for you to see or experience
 
2) Educate the Youth - if you are a parent, or someone that works with youth in some capacity, whether it is babysitting or something akin, this will aid in your child-rearing so that they may be able to become more visually literate
 
3) Develop critical thinking skills - critical thinking is the ability to withhold judgement on a truth claim by looking at all possible reasons or answers or issues with that truth claim through analytical thinking and by removing emotional appeal
 
4) Defend the faith of our youth - too many Christian youth shift their beliefs in agreement with cultural ideals that run counter to a Biblical world view; there are many reasons for this, some of which may be social, some of which may be educational, and some of which may be visual.  This course is meant to tackle the visual and social and germinate into critical thinking to hinder the educational influence some may encounter in public schools or universities.
 
 

Subtopics:

- Technology

- Media Communication

- Sight and Desire

- Semiotics [the study of signs]

 

 

What is Visual Culture anyways?

Definition of Visual Culture:

Visual Culture is a relatively new field dedicated to study visuals both as a discipline and as an object of study; it is a hybrid or multi-discipline subject that grew out of the rise of visual communication and seeks to comprehend the relationship between the makers of the visuals and the recipients; due to a variety of visuals created through the internet, television and movie industries, fashion, books, magazines, adverts, logos, diy-photography, social media, billboards, street signs, banners, and the like, Visual Culture Studies is not about qualifying the ‘worthiness’ of any object or image but rather the purpose behind it in the social dimension.  It is hybrid of sociology, psychology, art theory, art history, cultural studies, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, and literary criticism, amongst others.

There are definitely more nuanced and detailed definitions of the phrase, but I will simplify it to: The study of the relationship of viewer/spectator to manmade visuality whereby the visual is not so much governed by the viewer but rather that the viewer is governed by the visual.