That’s Questionable!

On page 112 Lester says, “You will find that any and all images have something to tell you because every picture created has some meaning to communicate”. In the same paragraph he says, “Meaningless pictures entertain a viewer only for a brief moment and do not have the capacity to educate”. I understand that he is trying to imply that pictures become meaningless if you don’t take the time to study them but, this comes across as very contradictory. If every picture created has some meaning to communicate then how can he say that they do not have the capacity to educate? If someone looks at a picture and interprets it in a way that it was not intended to interpreted by its creator, I would argue that it is still meaningful. So, I agree that every picture has some sort of meaning to communicate but, that does not mean that everyone who looks at it, regardless of how long they look and study it, will find meaning in it. What may be meaningful to one person may not mean anything to someone else. What I find to be most questionable in Lester’s statements is that meaningless pictures do not have the capacity to educate. If a picture initially comes across as meaningless then finding out what the meaning is would be very educational for that person, even more educational than it would be to someone who already knew what the meaning of it was. 

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