August 14, 2023
Chatting the Pictures

Chatting the Pictures: The Fate of Twitter in a Single Shot

Welcome to Chatting the Pictures. Every two weeks, we present a short, lively video discussion between Michael Shaw, publisher of Reading the Pictures, and writer, professor, and historian, Cara Finnegan, examining a significant picture in the news. Chatting the Pictures is produced by Liliana Michelena.

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About the Video

David Paul Morris took this photo for Bloomberg News. It shows the Twitter sign partially removed from the company’s headquarters in San Francisco on Wednesday, July 26, 2023. Elon Musk’s move to rebrand Twitter and replace its iconic bird logo with an X is just the latest step in his effort to make over the social media platform in his own image. In the ten months since Musk took over, he has damaged Twitter by firing top executives, doing mass layoffs, driving away advertisers and users, and unraveling content moderation, exposing the site to increased misinformation and hate speech.

In the video, we swoop into the symbolism of the dismembered logo, the visual dynamics of the replacement “X,” and the effect of the live bird and the “BlueSky.“

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Michael Shaw

An analyst of news photos and visual journalism, and a frequent lecturer and writer on visual politics, photojournalism and media literacy, Michael is the founder and publisher of Reading the Pictures.

Cara Finnegan

Cara Finnegan is a writer, photo historian, and professor of Communication at the University of Illinois. She has been affiliated with Reading The Pictures for nearly 15 years, most recently as co-host of Chatting The Pictures. Her most recent book is Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital.


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