Understanding the fauxtographs

Zombie has analyzed the various types of fake photographs emanating from Lebanon. He’s broken them down into four classifications which he carefully explains and proves. He then gives some guesses as to why we’re seeing major news agencies pass this material on to the world public as if it’s news. His four categories are:

1. Digitally manipulating images after the photographs have been taken.

2. Photographing scenes staged by Hezbollah and presenting the images as if they were of authentic spontaneous news events.

3. Photographers themselves staging scenes or moving objects, and presenting photos of the set-ups as if they were naturally occurring.

4. Giving false or misleading captions to otherwise real photos that were taken at a different time or place.

That’s a perfect and pithy summary of the flood of fauxtographs.  You should take a few minutes to check out his post.

Hat tip:  Power Line

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One Response

  1. Looks like the age of photo and visual propaganda has made the mainstream news, in more ways than one. I realized the power of the visual in propaganda at least a year ago, when I started noticing that pictures and video had a greater direct impact on my emotions than just words. I sketched out the reasoning and applied it to other situations and people, and it was consistent.

    Then I traced it back to the hypothesis, that we believe what we see because of our prey/predator days, where seeing is believing, on a cellular level. Those who didn’t believe what they saw, died. Now, we are at the other end of the evolutionary scale. If you believe everything you see, you become a pawn, a sacrificial piece, that either sacrifices others or is sacrificed yourself (Islamic Jihad).

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