Creating the Pictoral Turn in the Composition Classroom: Composing and Rhetorical Choices in the Digital Age of Emojis and GIFs

“This anxiety, this need to defend “our speech” against “the visual” is, I want to suggest, a sure sign that a pictorial turn is taking place.” WJT Mitchell, Picture Theory, p. 12 Within recent years, social media has created a major shift in media creation, particularly for students in the Millennial and Generation Z grouping.

Decreed Notable: Roland Barthes in the Digital Age of Selfies

“Photography, in order to surprise, photographs the notable; but soon, by familiar reversal, it decrees notable whatever it photographs. The “anything whatever” then becomes the sophisticated acme of value.” Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida.     Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida, a collection of brief theoreticalessays on the photograph and composition, presents a problematic situation in the

A Woman is Meant to Appear: Rhetorical Analysis of the Jours Aprés Lunes Children’s Lingerie Advertisement

“A woman must continually watch herself. She is almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself…From earliest childhood she has been taught and persuaded to survey herself continually.” (John Berger, Ways of Seeing, p. 46) John Berger, in his seminal work, Ways of Seeing, proposes that in art (and all of the visual forms