Since the invention of the printing press the written word has held a position of particular power within our media. In parallel, access to the resources that enabled print meant the press owners could occupy a privileged position in society. Over recent years the internet has changed all that and now the New York Times and Joe Soap's blog compete on a much more even basis.
But now there is a new revolution.
Our communication itself is changing; text is losing its grip. Digital technology means that the image is achieving stratospheric ascendancy.
- 2.5 billion photographs are uploaded to Facebook each month
- 4 billion photographs are hosted by Flickr
- At the current rate, 30 billion photographs are uploaded to Facebook each year
- YouTube serves 1 billion videos per day
- 12.2 Billion videos are viewed on YouTube each month
It seems that our future is changing; the future is visual...