Individuals interpret agricultural images differently according to the direct or cultural meanings they associate with the image, as well as the perspective through which they view the image. In addition, perceptions of agricultural images are commonly influenced by stereotypes. As agricultural communicators, it is important to understand the perceptions consumers have about agricultural images. Understanding these perceptions can allow communicators to use images in their communication that will promote favorable perceptions of the industry. To better understand consumers’ perceptions of agricultural images, this study asked consumers about their perceptions using focus group methodology. Four focus groups were completed with a total of 36 participants. The results indicated that elements of semiotics and perception theory were evident in the participants’ discussion. Thus, these theories combined with the results provide valuable information in regard to selecting images for communication that will create favorable responses among consumers.
Rumble, J. N., Chiarelli, C., Culbertson, A., & Irani, T. A. (2014). A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Consumer Perceptions of Agricultural Images. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 2(2), 4. https://scholarsjunction.msstate.edu/jhse/vol2/iss2/4
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