Reading Response – Alex Moore

For this week’s reading response, I chose to focus on Hill’s article, “The Psychology of Rhetorical images.” The article explained how much influence an image can have in comparison to how little words can mean when placed next to a striking image meant to attract an audience. The only thing I really thought of while reading this article was the image we saw in class of the malnourished boy on the cover of the newspaper. I’ve attached the cover page below. We talked about this specific image in class because if someone on a street were to walk past a newsstand and see this cover page and headline, it might make them stop to at least glance at the rest of the story and potentially become interested in the topic. Hill talks about what factors could contribute to someone’s point of view on a topic. Some examples of which would be if someone identified with another person holding a certain belief or that arguing for the opposing side would be too difficult. I think both examples could apply here but specifically the second because it would be hard to find other people who didn’t think a sad, malnourished child wasn’t worth fighting for. Or at least not without researching some of the back story of an article. The media is great at getting people to pay attention to a story just by posting a graphic image or eye-catching title (or both, as seen below). This applies to me and everyone around me because when we turn on the news or go somewhere that sells newspapers and magazines, we are bombarded by striking images that demand our attention. These images make it hard for anyone to turn their head away but if the media’s goal was to get our attention and hopefully our $5 for the print, then they’re doing a good job.