- Jul 2017
One of the present tasks of a social semiotic approach to multimodality is to describe the potentials and limitations for meaning which inhere in different modes.
There are some things that are better to show, than describe in words. This also makes me think of the difference between books and movies. On the surface, movies seem to lack the detail that books have, while that true to a certain extent, you can simply show something withing the scene that may have taken many pages to describe. In another example, before cameras, naturalists were limited in their ability to describe a newly discovered species with words, they had to be skilled artists to come close to an accurate visual description of many unusual animals.