How Photoshop Affects Your Memory
Fake images are everywhere. You know that. You know that Kate Upton doesn't really look like this (spoiler: she has pores just like you). You know that your burger isn't going to look like this. And all this wouldn't be a big deal except that fake images can totally alter our memories. If you show people a doctored image of themselves riding in a balloon as a kid - a lot of them will remember it happening. If you show people ad copy of someone else shaking hands with Bugs Bunny at Disneyland, and then send them to Disneyland, a large portion of them will remember shaking hands with Bugs Bunny. Which is impossible because, as a Warner Brothers character, Bugs has never set foot in Disneyland in his whole cartoon life.
Just a few notable images that are totally fake include an iconic picture of Abraham Lincoln, the picture of Romney's kids spelling out money, any picture of a shark during a storm ever, and the famous picture of John Kerry and Jane Fonda, the list goes on.
Additional Supporting Materials
- Beyond the psychology research, the panel would answer questions about modern media ethics.
- How can news organizations parse through images and tell real from fake?
- How might political candidates use these techniques against people?
- How can computers and computer learning help us tell real from fake?
- Where do we go from here?
- Rose Eveleth BBC.com
Rob Wilson BBC.com
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