L: Learning from aesthetic journalism

To learn something by means of aesthetic journalism, we can have more possibilities to know things which is unknown and unexpected. Like what is said in Aesthetic Journalism(p114) ‘To think about something in a secure way by means of structured information, as in traditional journalism, is to reduce the unknown and the unexpected, and therefore take away the possibility of learning.’ We used to get organized knowledge from traditional journalism include information, awareness, understanding and education. In this term, the way how to see the world and what to expect is decide by the media but not ourselves. ‘Obedience is achieved through a mechanistic pedagogy in which learning and assessment are based on repetition and replication’, Skinner 1953 in Addison, N. and Burgess, L. When learning and assessment are all based on repetition and replication, the abilities of responding, decision making or creation would be reduced. Obviously, there may be some different way to make leaning more effectively.

Aesthetic journalism which combine artist and journalistic approach, expect interviews, documentaries and reportage, consist of a new mode of language form the new media. It also depends on the point of view of the reader and viewer who at the same time are producers and critic interpreter in internet. On one hand , as a critic interpreter , the viewers comment on the information which is conveyed not only in texts but also by images, animations and videos which have some aesthetic sense . On the other hand, the viewer can be a producer especially online, “You could also produce your own responses for other audiences in different contexts such as blogs and websites, exhibitions and live events that sit outside of mainstream networks.” Thus, there is two-way communications which may generate a surprising new meaning and potential for learning. Each one can get feedbacks in internet and various debates happen in online community which is essential for learning. Hopefully, there can be more and more projects in terms of the art, media, journalism to promote the process of learning.

From Lynn


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2 Responses to L: Learning from aesthetic journalism

  1. Jess says:

    Lynne, I find your point about two-way communications interesting. We really do engage with artwork more than we realize thanks to the Internet. Just look at how much time we spend on YouTube looking at people’s videos, and then look at them and take into consideration of how many of them are in response to another piece of art. The internet really has opened up the art world to a lot of individuals. Thanks for your post!

  2. Lynn says:

    Thanks Jess. You mentioned the responses to another piece of art online, which I think is really important for art practice. Especially that the artists are exposed to the general public not only artists. Then the feedback in multi-perspective can be received. It is really helpful to open the mind of the artists and extend the imaginary.

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