Visual Reality

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  • Still and moving image cameras can be used to present a version of reality that seems incontrovertible because it is based in visual imagery that is captured by mechanical means. The visual basis of reality has been supported by definitions of reality that rely on being able to confirm the real through the senses, with vision being considered the most reliable. Docu mentary photography and movies are said to provide evidence of actual events or objects without the interpretational layers found in fictional material. But the ability of any sort of image-making to present an unvarnished, uninterpreted reality has been called into question by challenges to the film documentary form (by filmmakers like Michael Moore and YouTube, a video-sharing Web site); by the development of ...

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