Images… pictures… beautiful Apologies to fellow class-mate Jenna, who would have used such similar superlatives, in a conversation last Wednesday, 11/06/2014, in the Mt Druitt TAFE Library (sorry, can’t remember exact wording). Fairly sure words to this effect, used by Ms Wildie, in Social Media Studies class.
Mmmm, instead of talking-the-talk, as it were, writer should really do some more practical research here, and actually peruse what Libraries have to offer, in terms of photo sharing. Yes, much like YouTube is a form of sharing of ‘moving pictures’, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, and the like, are able to so totally display their memories, in a digital photo-album, on cyberspace (never, ever again need to worry about the photo-album being one of those ‘only 3 things you would save, when the building/house, or Library for that matter, is burning down’).
Let’s face it really, often people would simply like to look at aesthetically beautiful images, and pictorials, as it is admittedly less mentally taxing than dicperhering what people have to say in the written/typed word. So, logically photo sharing would succeed, in this way – writer fully admits this, and understands that people everywhere just enjoy displaying happy-snaps, and other other more meaningful pictures. Libraries are no different; and for logistically reasons, they understand, that if not everyone can find time to visit their permanent, or temporary collections (more often, due to the distance, say), then scanning images onto cyberspace-based photo sharing is undeniably a certain way to reach the massess, which would not otherwise visit the Library.
Also surely I am not the first to use the proverbial ‘picture paints a thousand words’ reasoning – but it is true… enough said, at that. Oh, also – we should admit, that due to language barriers, potential non-English speaking migrants in Australia, or indeed others with language/literacy difficulties for legitimate reasons, would actually find photo sharing displays of Libraries quite beneficial. The greatest argument here, in my opinion, is that rudimentary images, and the most elaborate pictorials/paintings, were indeed the only way that societies in ancient times, could communicate – respectively, this is what cavemen did in times possibly before some lucid language/s was formed; to the the completely elaborately intricate religious paintings of the Middle Ages era, when The Bible was not comprehensible to most of the ordinary peoples of the known world at the time. People’s propensity to always longlingly look at pretty images is insatiable… how can Libraries (or any institution) not latch onto this?