Feel Yourself Being Manipulated

This excellent demonstration of how magazine cover photos are retouched (pointer from Loic Le Meur) should be immediately placed on the reading list of every high school student. Indeed everyone could use a dose.

The sad and sorry thing is that as I toggled back and forth between the “before” and “after” shots of eyes, lips, breasts, waist, etc. I found myself silently agreeing “yah, that looks better.”

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Marian's picture
Marian on December 19, 2005 - 16:25

Thanks for the link. Jean Baudrillard would be proud. Well, that probably goes too far, but anyway…

Steven Garrity's picture
Steven Garrity on December 19, 2005 - 19:14

Being surrounded by these kinds of manipulated images are damaging. I’m reminded of Kalle Lasn’s term “metal environment”.

I expect (and hope) that in 25 years, we’ll look back at todays digital modifications of media in the same way we look back on those goofy smoking ads from the 50s and wonder how we could have been so stupid to not realize that was dangerous.

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