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It's not bad, but it's a very academic book. I found myself reading every paragraph about three times before I could understand it, and even then sometimes I was baffled.
For example page 17 "..the more technology develops the diffusion of information (and notably of images), the more it provides the means of masking the constructed meaning under the appearance of the given meaning"
I mean, what on earth does that mean?
For me it's a book to pick up, read a page or two then leave back down for a while.
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2014 12:54:27 GMT
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For what it's worth, I think it means that the more technology makes photos accessible, the more they are seen as factual but those facts are determined by the context, compared to say a gallery or a book where the reader is left to work out the meaning for themselves. But I'm only guessing! I agree it's pretty dense. [EDIT] And, having now read the book, Bate is quoting Barthes who is never going to be easy. Bate does, in his defence, spend the next page explaining it.
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