IAP 4 exercise 4.4 news captions

Original caption from BBC News:
Police have told tourists to stay away from Lake District

Alternative viewpoint caption 1:
Families take advantage of lockdown to connect with nature

Alternative viewpoint caption 2:
#selfishpricks trends as Twitter users slam those ignoring lockdown rules

Recontextualising the image:
A guide to camping holidays in the Lake District

Original caption from the Guardian:
The usually congested Harbor Freeway in central Los Angeles pictured during lockdown

Alternative viewpoint caption 1:
Bliss for road users as LA freeway clears

Alternative viewpoint caption 2:
Global depression looms as economic activity stalls

Recontextualising the image:
Roads empty in LA as gas price hits $25 a gallon

Original caption from the Telegraph:
Police speaks to people sunbathing in Greenwich Park

Alternative viewpoint caption 1:
‘Heavy-handed’ enforcement of lockdown criticised by human rights lawyers

Alternative viewpoint caption 2:
Public demand police enforcement of social distancing rules

Recontextualising the image:
Dancing policewoman video goes viral

Original caption from the Daily Mail:
Britain’s hidden coronavirus victims: new figures reveal up to 600 elderly patients could have died in care homes – but bosses warn true figure is even HIGHER and reveals ‘two-thirds’ of homes have outbreaks

Alternative viewpoint caption 1:
Government failure to provide PPE for care homes leads to high rates of covid-19 infection

Alternative viewpoint caption 2:
Care homes criticised for failure to protect vulnerable inhabitants from coronavirus

Recontextualising the image:
Pensioners ‘delighted’ by announcement of 20% state pension increase

Comments

I believe the underlying intention of this exercise is to make us more aware of the polysemous nature of images and the different ways the viewer’s interpretation can be influenced by accompanying texts, but to be honest I found it rather uninspiring, not least because it’s almost identical to an exercise we did in the CAN module – as in fact was research point 4.1 on Barthes’ Rhetoric of the Image.