- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: AVA Publishing (October 11, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 2940373361
- ISBN-13: 978-2940373369
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1 x 11.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Left to Right: The Cultural Shift from Words to Pictures
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I've read this book 3 times with different focuses, however, I'd still like to stress that: Please take my review with a grain of salt. In 'L to R', David Crow discusses the apparent shift of our culture from words to images and theorizes an explanation for this phenomena by examining modernism and postmodernism visual mode.
Crow covers a wide range of subjects, such as the distinction (or the lack thereof) between 'text' and 'image', existing writing and pictogram systems, international writing systems, the correlation between technological advances with the development of typography and design methodology, the transition from print-based to web-based culture, our incessant need for visuals in the contemporary culture, etc. It's a lot to cover in the volume of the book (roughly 190 pages including pictures). Consequently, each article offers just enough information to either intrigue the reader or leave them with a lot of questions.
IMO, I think Crow has nicely tied everything together and presented his study in a cohesive and organized fashion. It's engaging enough and easy to follow, even for people who aren't well-informed of the subjects at hand.
On the other hand, I surmise that it would be less fascinating for intensive visual culture readers. I don't claim to be well-read within this area, but the theories covered within the book don't particularly strike me as ground-breaking, they just help to reinforce my personal observations and prior knowledge of visual culture.