Why is the Study of Moving Images Important?

September 15, 2016

Thomas Zorabedian

Historically, films and moving images, in all their various forms, have had a tremendous, and increasing, impact on global culture as well as on us as individuals. Therefore, it becomes important to achieve a degree of visual comprehension, to understand how images are formed and what they mean; that is, to develop an ability to “read between the frames.”

It is essential to understand how moving images can be a powerful form of communication. Films provide entertainment, an outlet for artistic expression, and a huge source of international revenue. They can teach us not only about our own culture and ourselves, but also about other people, societies, and countries.

Thomas Zorabedian