Pictures That Lie

Status: News Article
C|Net is running an interesting article on its site about "Pictures That Lie." They found quite a few of the images here at the Museum of Hoaxes. They contacted me about a week ago asking permission to use some of the images, but I had to admit that I didn't control the copyright on the images they were interested in, so it wasn't up to me to grant permission. (Though I said they should feel free to use the images since most of them were either in the public domain or their creator was unknown... i.e. they're "orphan" works.)

image My only criticism of the article is with image number six which shows a note requesting a bathroom break written by George Bush while at the U.N. C|Net notes: "Reuters later admitted that it overexposed portions of the note so that the message stood out better." But I wouldn't call this a picture that lies. Bush really did write the note. Reuters simply enhanced the photo to make the writing clearer. They didn't alter what was written, which would really have been lying.


Posted on Mon Feb 06, 2006


I agree with you, Alex.
Changing the exposure on a picture is not falsifying it, because it doesn't add or subtract anything from the original image. In this case, they just made the writing easier to read-- they didn't alter what was written.
Posted by Big Gary, late for feeding time  on  Mon Feb 06, 2006  at  10:22 AM
The problem with the note is we don't know if Bush wrote the whole thing. It could be classified as a lie simply because it was framed as having been a note Bush wrote, though it could be a note he was responding to. But even then the picture doens't lie, then it would be the observer misperception.

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Posted by Lonewatchman  on  Mon Feb 06, 2006  at  01:17 PM
No. :roll:
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Mon Feb 06, 2006  at  02:43 PM
If Bush didn't really write the note, the problem was with the accompanying caption, not the picture.
Posted by Big Gary, late for feeding time  on  Mon Feb 06, 2006  at  03:25 PM
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