Alternate Reality



A picture is worth 1,000 words.  However, if we were to take a closer look at some pictures we might be surprised by what they are “saying.”

During Derek Gee’s presentation he mentioned the use of photoshop for editing photos.  It didn’t seem as though this technique was something that Derek was particularly interested in using.  He said that using photoshop was like creating an alternate reality.  In photojournalism, this is far from your goal of showing people what is really going on.

But this type of editing occurs all the time.  The fashion and advertising industries are big-time offenders.  Photos and ads sprawling the pages of magazines have been altered to seem more appealing or look more beautiful.  This practice has given rise to many questions about the ethics of altering reality.

This is especially a problem in fashion magazines where young girls are subjected to the material.  They have a false sense of beauty and they aspire to achieve unrealistic goals with their bodies.  In order to combat this problem, The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty shows “real” women to alleviate the pressure of perfection.

Photo journalism is about revealing the truth in an image.  Photoshopping an image is like telling a white lie and you must be willing to deal with the consequences.


One response to “Alternate Reality

  1. Nice post Megan. You have a knack for taking a journalism topic and applying it elsewhere.
    I’m always astonished at what fashion mags are allowed to do. It does perpetuate a warped view of the world and of women.
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