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date: 04 July 2022

juxtaposition [Latin juxta ‘next’; French poser ‘to place’] 

A Dictionary of Media and Communication

Daniel Chandler,

Rod Munday

The act of positioning things next to each other, especially for comparison or contrast (see alsocontiguity; co-presence). Alternatively, an instance of this or the state of being so positioned. John Berger observes that ‘The meaning of an image is changed according to what one sees immediately beside it or what comes after it.’ As meaning-makers, humankind seems unable to see two juxtaposed images without inferring some connection between them (... ...

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