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Are we overwhelmed by the image?
Sunday 26 February 2006 17:45-18:30 (Radio 3)
Are we being overwhelmed by what we see? We live in a world dominated by image. What the eye cannot see, the mind will not absorb - or so television and the internet have led us to believe. If it doesn't make a good picture, newspaper will relegate important ideas to the dump bin. In a glut of eye candy, the aural and the verbal are being drummed out of sight. One of the reasons orchestral music is in decline is because it cannot be illustrated - except when subjected to extreme theatrical overlay. Books are judged by their covers. Television is blighted by visual stunts. What can be done to reverse the dictatorship of the visual? How can we put the word and the sound on an equal footing with the image? Have we actually destroyed the balance of our minds by pursuing a pictorial pornography?