Living with the train wreck: how research can harness the power of visual storytelling

Visual narratives have a powerful hold over us and, like the metaphoric train wreck, we are finding it increasingly difficult to look away. We often tend to bring a level of healthy scepticism and questioning to the stories we read or hear. But if we “see” the story, we are far less critical and more likely to be drawn to jump on board and go along for the ride.

As the train continues to run away, we need to pay significantly more attention. We need to question the value and quality of the visuals that constantly filter through our feeds and devices.

By Angela Fitzgerald, University of Southern Queensland & Magnolia Lowe, Adjunct, University of Southern Queensland

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