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Announcement: New Section on Viz.

We are happy to announce that Viz. will be adding a new category of content to its permanent content area in the very near future. We will be unveiling an "(re/interview" section in which we will have transcripts of interviews with prominent visual rhetoric/communication scholars, as well of reviews of some of their work. Our kick-off of the section will be an interview with Robert Hariman and John Lucaites, the authors of the book and blog "No Caption Needed." Check back in a week or two for the new section and the re/interview, which we will announce on the blog as well.


Wyndham Lewis - Vorticist

Happy Birthday, Percy Wyndham Lewis (November 18, 1882 - March 7, 1957).

Madam and Eve

Check out Madam and Eve, a great cartoon set in South Africa:

This four panel cartoon depicts South African political activity in the context of Senator Obama's slogan 'yes we can.'

Alcohol ads target Latinos

Bud-lite ad in Spanish

A study recently conducted by researchers at UT-Austin and the University of Florida has shown that alcohol advertising is significantly heavier around schools with Hispanic populations of 20% or more.

Women and politics, then and now

altered nineteenth-century photograph of women outside the White House with Obama signs

Visual rhetoric blog "No Caption Needed" featured this doctored photograph in their "Sight Gag" section a few weeks ago.


flag obscures two women

Progression or Perpetuation?

An organization called Casey Family Programs has produced several new ads about foster care that have shown up on television and the sides of buses here in the Austin area.

Picture of a young boy, with a caption that says I have twice the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder than veterans of the first Gulf War

The website for the campaign is here: ""

Visual Rhetoric and Invisibility

This editorial cartoon shows a lesbian couple in a church with a minister saying I pronounce you a gay couple in a civil union, filing separate tax returns under IRS rules

Where is the line between visual and textual rhetoric? A brief event brought this question up for me on a personal level recently.


Obama speaking against sunset sky; we can only see his silhouette

Like Sarah, I've been paying a lot of attention lately to how journalists photograph the two presidential candidates. (And I apologize that this image is so tiny.)

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