The Suitability of Visual Representation

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Association is a daily occurrence. We make associations on the basis of songs that we hear, on the basis of things that we smell, and on the basis of things that we see. How we think is largely a consequence of how we make associations. This is a cognitive process and it is highly individualistic; on the other hand, there are well-established associations to that are common to many people.


The scales of justice are commonly associated with the legal profession. The legal profession, ideally speaking, is concerned with the truthful administration of justice. Justice means that people are treated fairly and reasonably. The scales of justice are used to portray this image of the legal profession to the public, and perhaps to remind those in the legal profession of their ethical duties to the notion of justice.
The scales of justice are simple, and yet they do portray a very powerful message. The scales represent the concept of balance. The image I selected is interesting because there is an obvious imbalance. Perhaps this is to emphasize the presumption of innocence. Perhaps it is in a state of imbalance in order to demonstrate a commitment to freedom and liberty rather than oppression. The burden is on the person claiming a wrong, perhaps the police or a plaintiff in a civil matter, to prove with solid evidence that his claim is valid. This particular scale of justice was taken from the homepage of a defense attorney. His specialty is defending drunken driving cases. This is a very suitable symbol for people under threat of criminal prosecution. ...
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