Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formattingExcerpt from Essay:
Power of Graffiti and Images
Every day, people read the news in the papers or hear reports on television about various crimes. It is easy to dismiss the words on the page or the anchor people. It is much harder to run away from an image. Long ago, people discovered that images were more potent than written words could be. There is the old expression that a picture is worth one thousand words. In both the articles "Exquisite Corpse" and "The Wall-Reader" focus on the importance of visual images to convey messages to the world at large. In the first story, Ashraf Rushdy uses the stories of Emmett Till and James Byrd to convey how times have changed between one racially-charged murder and another. In the first case, photos of Till's corpse were made public to teach the world about the horrors of racism and in the second, Byrd's photographs were not publicized because his family members did not think it was necessary. In Fiona Barr's story, a young woman goes out for a stroll with her child only to have her eyes opened to the horrors of the world around her. She is an embodiment of the person who could hear about the violence around her and ignore it until she is face-to-face with it. Both the stories are about people who are forever altered by the things that they see.
In Ashraf Rushdy's news article entitled "Exquisite Corpse," the author compares two of the most horrific crimes in American history. The crimes are more than forty years apart but were perpetrated because of the same ignorant reasons. Emmett Till and James Byrd were not killed for anything they did, but because of the color of their skin. Racism was the motive behind their deaths. The cases of Emmett Till and James Byrd were similar in that the young men were brutally murdered solely because of their skin color. Their corpses took on new meaning after their deaths. Not just the leftover remains of a former human being; they became icons of destruction and symbols of the deadly nature of racism. However, even more than a discussion about the two harrowing acts of racist individuals in the American south, the article is also discussion about the importance of the body as a symbol of something larger. The human corpse in the Till case and the bodies of Byrd and his killer are emblems of the psychological and sociological crises of hate crimes.
In the story "The Wall-Reader," a woman is nonchalantly walking her young child about the streets in Belfast. Here too, the central event is a crime. Although painting graffiti on walls is hardly on the same level of criminality as murder, it is still an act of rebellion against the rules of the authority figure. This woman represents the viewing audience. Just as she watches the different graffiti as a hobby, so the reader is viewing this woman. She is an avatar for all of humanity who sit by as the rest of the world descends into acts of violence. At first, she watches the walls for no reason other than as a means for passing the time. Over time, she realizes that the messages are more important than she had originally estimated and they have a direct impact on her life.
After Emmett Till was murdered by white supremacists in the American south, his mother made the decision to have an open-casket funeral. This decision completely changed the American idea about its racism problem. Till's mother also invited members of the press as well as cameramen to the funeral service so that the state of Emmett's body could be captured forever and preserved as a part of American history. Before Till, Americans, particularly in the north, were able to ignore racism or dismiss it as not being a major problem. The unforgettable image of the desecrated young boy in the open casket made the realities of racism undeniable to the world at large. Many people were unaware at this time about how bad things were for African-American people who were living in the south. Particularly in the northern parts of the United States, such a horrendous crime as this murder would be absolutely unthinkable. By showing the world what the white men had done to her son, Mamie Till Bradley forced a larger population of the nation to see the true extent of racist ideology and racist actions. Those who were ignorant of the realities of racism in the south were forced to see the truth because of the Till photographs. They could no longer pretend that it was not a serious problem. Even in a supposedly free country like the United States, a small young boy, could be the center of hate and violence. His body became a symbol for the larger evil that was white supremacy and prejudice in the United States during the period.
In Belfast, Ireland during the time this story is set, there is a great deal of antagonism between the native Irish and the British government. This is illustrated through some of the specific graffiti that the young mother sees on her daily jaunts. It is made clear later on in the work that her husband is up to something, possibly something quite dangerous such as involvement with the IRA. Yet, the woman chose to be ignorant to the precise details. She chats with the disembodied voice about home and family. The majority of the people within Ireland would have been at least partially aware of the political upheavals that were going on. Few would take an active role in the battle over control of Ireland. Many would choose to ignore the specific acts of violence and acrimony if at all possible.
Forty years after Emmett Till was murdered, a young man named James Byrd was killed by a white supremacist in another horribly violent episode. James Byrd was dragged beneath the car of a man named John William King until he was dead. By this time, his body was mutilated beyond recognition. Rushdy provides several disturbing details about several of Byrd's worst injuries, including the fact that medical experts were able to determine that Byrd had survived until he was decapitated. Medical experts were also able to determine that he must have felt a tremendous amount of suffering. Like the Till case, the body was horribly disfigured beyond the point of recognition. Also like Till, the photographs of the body would feature largely in the prosecution of the accused murderer. However, unlike the Till case, the family of James Byrd chose not to release the images of his dead body to the public. Although the images were used in the trial, the family did not release them to the press or allow them to be published. Instead, icons of the various racially-themed tattoos that were all over the body of King were published in newspapers all over the country. On nearly every inch of King's body were images of anti-Semitic, racist, and prejudicial iconography. Instead of the dead boy's body being the text of the crime, the body of the offender took that position. Still the message that was portrayed was a powerful one against racism.
In Barr's story, Mary is not directly involved in the IRA as far as the reader knows. She has not done anything which would directly anger either the IRA or the British government. Yet, by the end of the story, Mary and her family are in dire trouble, to the point where they have to abandon their home and community to relocate to some place that they feel they will be safe. Mary's crime was talking to a voice; something that she never even guessed could be in any way violent. Only after…[continue]
"Power Of Graffiti And Images" (2011, November 14) Retrieved October 26, 2016, from http://www.paperdue.com/essay/power-of-graffiti-and-images-116100
"Power Of Graffiti And Images" 14 November 2011. Web.26 October. 2016. <http://www.paperdue.com/essay/power-of-graffiti-and-images-116100>
"Power Of Graffiti And Images", 14 November 2011, Accessed.26 October. 2016, http://www.paperdue.com/essay/power-of-graffiti-and-images-116100
Graffiti: An Anthropological Analysis Graffiti is one of the oldest extant art forms: graffiti has been found on ancient monuments as well as on subways and billboards across the urban landscape of today (Alonso 1998: 3). The piece of graffiti I chose to use was a series of images inscribed on a No Parking sign. I found this piece of graffiti [URL: http://www.flickr.com/photos/livenature/235459080/] on a common photo-sharing application known as 'Flickr'
The video cameras would be donated as an in-kind contribution from a local business or corporation. If there are no video cameras available through donation, a fundraiser must be held to raise the money to buy the cameras. Trained technicians -- advanced students from a nearby university -- would put the technology together; they would receive credits toward their degrees though the building of and maintenance of this system of
Art Culture: Public Space Art Public art like that of Koon's Train (2011), Serra's Tilted Arc (1981), Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1981), and James' Sea Flower (1978), ignite discussion to the point of its modification, re-arrangement, or removal. The reason for this controversial treatment of public art is its ability to embrace a variety of aesthetic practices. The adoption of different aesthetic values like poster art, outdoor sculpture, earthworks, multimedia projections,
Saudi Arabia is known as the home to the hip hop group, Dark2Men, who competed in MTV Arabia's Hip Hop Na reality show. Break dancing has also become popular as a pastime in the region. Though the exact music distribution and sales numbers are difficult to establish, there is huge listenership especially in satellite TV and radio Gana 45() Hip hop culture in the U.S. Hip hop has been a part
Hatshepsut King and Queen Hatshepsut Located on the wall of a cave in Deir el-Bahari is a bit of graffiti showing "a man having 'doggie-style' intercourse with a woman wearing a royal headdress." (Tyldesley 2006, 99) Historians have interpreted this vulgar piece of art as ancient Egypt's 18th dynasty's Queen Hatshepsut and a governmental official named Senenmut. At a time when men ruled and women were subservient, it was unusual for a
Global Environmental & Ecological Issues Global Ecology Assignments Climate and Air Pollution - Climate change is an environmental issue in the news almost daily, and air pollution impacts us on a global level. What are the implications of global warming? Do you think the efforts to improve air quality are worth the economic costs? (One page). The implications of global warming is a bit of a misnomer since the effects of global warming
Timeline and Narrative of Gang Activity: 1800 -- 2000 Throughout history, humans have banded together for mutual protection and to pursue their mutual interests in ways that would not be possible individually. The historical record has shown that humans that succeeded in achieving this level of mutual protection survived while their counterparts perished, and the same processes continue today. When these collaborative efforts are used for criminal enterprises, though, they become