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Visual media history on the Internet: an illustration by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

The Pervasiveness of Visual Media Online Today

This is the focus of my masters thesis:

The Pervasiveness of Visual Media Online Today

At least, that’s the short working title for the time being.

This final paper, which explicitly covers the reasons behind the rise and now-explosive growth of visual media online, is required for my Media Psychology, MA.

At the time of this writing, I’m excited to share that I’m about 85% – 90% done with the writing.

While my instructor’s feedback was luckily more minimal than I expected (a good thing!), his insightful comments after having read my paper have inspired the need for a bit more writing.

Otherwise, I’m so sooooooooo close to completion.

Parallel to the writing

In addition to the paper writing component, I’m supposed to present my paper’s topic to my academic peers as well in just a few short weeks.

So over the next 2-4 weeks, I’ll be hyper-focused on not just the last sprint of neuroscientific research and writings to wrap up my paper but also waist-deep in presentation slides design work, too.

However, once all of this plus the preso is done, I’m 1,000% done with my Media Psychology, MA and the finishing line is so close I can almost taste it πŸ™‚

Illustrations, too

As part of this writing endeavor, I have hand-drawn all the charts, diagrams, graphs, and many of the images used in the paper.

You can see one of these said illustrations on the featured image of this post, a pictorial timeline which I drew to:

  • visually summarize some of the important digital milestones instrumental towards the facilitation of image sharing and publishing on the web, and to …
  • bring my visual media-related subject to life, offering an element of “infotainment” to an otherwise technical and neuroscientific topic.

After this masters: self-publishing

At some point after my academic paper and the related presentation have been graded, I do plan to self publish my work so that the information I’ve collected, along with my findings and unique view points, can be shared beyond my grad school peers and environment.

I’m currently looking into the best ways to do this but self-publishing anything of quality is time consuming so we’ll have to see how this unfolds.

Still, just in case the topics of visual media, interface design, human image consumption and processing are of high interest to you (as they are to me), then now you know to stay tuned πŸ™‚

I’ll update more as I’m able.

Thanks for reading,

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Photo credit: Illustration designed and created by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson.

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