In 1989, Oprah Winfrey appeared on the cover of TV Guide. Nothing unusual there, unless you expect to see… what you think that you see. Here’s the cover, and here is what you are really seeing. (The Atlantic)
Someone at TV Guide decided to put Oprah’s head on a 1979 photo of Ann Margaret’s body. The magazine had not asked permission from either woman to perform this “photo manipulation”. Today, it is simply referred to as photoshopping . It’s even taught as a means to fix hair, faces or red-eye photographs.
If a magazine will do it for the supposed purpose of selling magazines, then it certainly does not surprise us when we see it in politics. The following are two examples from oppositie political spectrums.
First, the 2002 picture of President George W. Bush that went viral. The President was already under attack about the topic of his reading. When this photo of an upside book came out, it just fed into that image; No matter what the real photo showed.
Next, during the 2004 election, John Kerry was under attack and under question over his policies and his service. So, out came the photoshop to place an old Jane Fonda war demonstration speech photo, with an old photgraph of John Kerry. Side by side, it looks like Kerry is supporting Jane Fonda’s anti-war statements. Instead, it was just putting two photographs together… to create the desired message of manipulation:
The law blog application? It’s how I feel when I see these ads for car insurance. When I watch TV, I see USAA talk about dates when families become members. It appears to be a special family time. When I talk to the adjusters about taking care of their insured, they remind me that they have to pay “what is fair and nothing more”. “What is fair” could be one of my long blog epistles. You know where I am headed here and I may again be beating a dead horse.
Still, in my world, negotiating claims with many of these companies seems like they are photoshopping their ads. Of course, I am also the same person who wonders why a talking pig or a slimy reptile are good “spokespersons” for insurance sales. Just sayin’
And now for “Did you know?” ( NY Daily) Below shows the combination of Abraham Lincoln that was actually a photograph of Lincoln’s head placed on John C. Calhoun’s body. Did you know that this was the same photograph of Lincoln’s head that was used for the original Lincoln five-dollar bill.
Here is the seated “head of Lincoln” used on the above body.
And despite the fact that I have gone picture crazy for the blog… here is pic o’ day. It’s a quiz about the smartest dogs: