CF 2016 Words and Pictures section two

‘We live in an age of visual saturation, where our every moment is recorded and posted on social media. As a result, we see quantity over quality, with imagery becoming devalued through its overuse. The old phrase ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ has now almost become reversed, since words – whether spoken or written – are forever being squeezed in our fast-paced lives. They are restricted and shortened on social media, while we increasingly communicate using pictures alone. (Which of course can be photoshopped, so we don’t always trust them.) As a consequence, there is a new found power in words, especially when used in the right context.