Pedagogical Reduction and the Power of the Image: Propaganda and the post-truth era

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


It is not unfair to suggest that we live in the apex of the photographic age, where theubiquity of technology allows for the instantaneous capture and dissemination of images across theglobe. The image can be powerfully exploited to show what the creator wishes the audience to see;that which has been captured remains eternally spotlighted, while that which lies outside of the
frame remains obscured. This is not dissimilar to the concept of pedagogical reduction, where the educator shows the student what they deem to be important and, consequently, obscures what isunimportant.
Given the similarity between pedagogical reduction and the power of the image (to show thenecessary and obscure all else); and given the use of the image as a tool of propaganda (Berger,1980) and its prominence in our post-truth society, it is pertinent to now ask whether propagandaitself can be considered pedagogical.
Period28 May 2020
Event titleStrathclyde Doctoral School Multidisciplinary Symposium
Event typeOther
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Education
  • Propaganda
  • Visual Culture