A Fable Agreed Upon

The next assignment for my Electronic Media Studio is to take an image and change it up someway in Photoshop.  That could mean inserting something into the background, altering the photograph itself, etc.  But before we do any of that, we have to read “Photography as a Weapon”  http://morris.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/08/11/photography-as-a-weapon/   This article talks about how altering images changes our perception of history.  It said, “We can go back to Mao and Stalin and Castro and Mussolini, and all these guys. All the dictators doctored photographs in order to effectively change history.”

Reading this made me think of one of my favorite quotes:  “What is history but a fable agreed upon?” -Napoleon.  History is what we want it to be.  It isn’t necessarily reality.  This quote is true now than ever.  With all the technology available to us today, such a Photoshop, it’s become frighteningly easy to distort images.  Whether it’s completing a project for a class, or trying to show the world that you’re a threat (such as the Iranian missile photograph), all it takes is a few minutes to twist an image.  To twist our perception of reality.  And now with the internet, everyone in the world can look through the window of your imagined reality.  You just need to post your picture online…on a blog…and your contrived world can be shown to everyone.  One has to wonder, “What kind of reality will we post?”


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