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Real VS Fake: Hurricane Sandy and Photoshopped Images

By Matthew Saville on November 4th 2012

As each year goes by, photoshoppery gets worse and worse in the media.  In the case of hurricane Sandy, I lost track of how many fake photos I saw!  Some of the images borderlined on “fear-mongering”, if you want to think of it that way… has collected quite a few images of hurricane Sandy, and sorted them into “Real” and “Fake” categories.  Click here to read the full article.



This brings to light a topic that definitely needs to be discussed more often:   While everybody loves a good meme or photoshop shennanegan, there may be some certain situations in which it might be inappropriate, or even dangerous.  Let alone (gasp) “propaganda” images.  (Since it’s voting time for those of us here in the USA…  ;-)

What do you think?  Is anything and everything fair game?  Should people just learn to take everything with a grain of salt, or even to never trust photographs again ?  Or should photoshoppers out there be more respectful in certain situations, such as in times of war or natural disaster?

Take care,

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  1. Ed Rhodes

    lol, leave the lead pic

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