Wet Dreams and False Images

Someone somewhere once said that a picture is worth a thousand words. If this is true, then a Photo shopped picture must be worth millions. Photographs can be manipulated at the pixel level with Photoshop. Especially in a media-driven society, it is often difficult to discern what is real and what has been digitally altered.

In my last Digital Media Convergence class, I was introduced to the intricate world of photography and the even more complex world of Photoshop. A documentary entitled “Wet Dreams and False Images” shows one very common way we are deceived by photo manipulation.

Women’s images are being Photo shopped into oblivion. In essence, we as a society are portraying very skewed views of what beauty truly is. What I find most interesting about this documentary is the interview with the man who retouches these photos. He himself understands the consequences of his field of work. He does not once deny that what he is doing is having a negative impact on today’s youth.

However, the documentary does show that if people were more educated about the media they were receiving, they may understand the difference between a real person’s body and a digitally altered one. This ends the film on a rather hopeful note for both the documenter and the audience.  

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