Visibility Analogy: The Fortune Teller

Calvino’s quality of visibility can be compared to a fortune teller.  I have come to this conclusion based on how a fortune teller makes predictions.  I prefer to take a logical approach to this practice and acknowledge that a fortune teller must be trained in this profession.  They ask their client a question, then make a prediction of the future based on their response.  If they get a positive reaction, they continue on in that direction.  If they make a wrong prediction, they tweak it slightly until it fits the client’s needs.  A fortune teller must be sensitive to emotions, a good listener, and have a good imagination.

This is like visibility in that she creates an image in her mind based on her client’s words.  She then responds verbally and the client’s imagination is let lose to dream.  The fortune teller is able to build on what they are given.  Even in “Girls Day Out,” the e-lit example, we’re able to draw some conclusions from the information given to us.  We don’t always need both audio and visual to create a scene for us like a movie.

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