Every AI generated image is an infographic about the dataset. AI images are data patterns inscribed into pictures, and they tell us stories about that dataset and the human decisions behind it.

That's why AI images can become “readable” as objects. In media studies, we understand that image-makers unconsciously encode images with certain meanings, and that viewers decode them through certain frames. Images draw their power from intentional assemblages of choices, steered toward the purpose of communication.

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