Visual Ethics: A Past Case And A Present One
Communication; Ethics; Rhetoric; Visual
Visual representations are powerful aids to communication, making points with clarity and force but they can offer opportunities for ethical and rhetorical lapses. Two cases are examined: Ernst Haeckel's illustrations of supposed embryonic states in support of his biogentic law in the late-1800s and Jan Schön's graphs of ground-breaking research findings in solid state physics very recently. Both sets of illustration have been shown to be fraudulent. In visual ethics the key questions remain the same: how did the visual come about, what do they mean, and do they show what they claim to represent?
IEEE International Professional Communication Conference
Number of Pages
Article; Proceedings Paper
Source API URL
Dombrowski, Paul M., "Visual Ethics: A Past Case And A Present One" (2003). Scopus Export 2000s. 2094.