Culture, Media by Adam on 2009-02-07 05:58

You’ve probably seen Photoshop Disasters, which pokes fun (and a bit of scorn) at the photomanipulation mistakes that appear in modern advertising. This article takes a fascinating in-depth look, including using some algorithmic tools to spot photo manipulations.

What I find most interesting about this is not the mistakes, but the fact that photo manipulation has become some pervasive. Dove’s Evolution of a Model video captures it nicely: the images of beautiful people we see every day are often borderline fraudulent.

I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with using modern technology to modify images. But we all have to keep in mind that comparing your own physical beauty to these images is as pointless (and potentially unhealthy) as comparing yourself to a painting.

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