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Diary    H2'ed 2/25/17

How Images Can Speak Louder than Words on OEN

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One of the secrets to be happy is being positive
One of the secrets to be happy is being positive
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Images which accompany articles or quicklinks are important ways to direct the reader's concentration toward a particular part of a story. And in our current political situation, I am especially motivated to put more focus on the positive side of any article. I think it is important for political activists to be directed toward hopeful things in the landscape, because it helps energize them. Depression steals the fuel of activism.

Of course, it is increasingly challenging to find a positive slant in some of the stories we are covering lately. But looking at a front page full of scowling POTUS 45 images can feel debilitating.

Please understand that this consideration has nothing to do with what stories to cover, but it has everything to do with how we want to leave our readers feeling. And I want them to feel hopeful and inspired to activism.

So I'd like to offer an example:

I posted this quicklink, Trump declared war on the media, NYT response is PRICELESS

The easy, default choice for an accompanying image would have been POTUS 45, or maybe Sean Spicer. Either one of those images puts more focus on the part of the story that makes readers depressed and despondent.

So, I used a photo of the NY Times building. That helps the reader focus on solutions, and on the positive side of this story.

The New York Times building
The New York Times building
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And I'm inviting all of our contributors to do the same where appropriate.

And besides, Trump really is making American great again! In response to his activities, suddenly the mainstream media are growing balls and demanding ethical behavior!

Who would have guessed?

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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