Media Manipulation Illusion Example

Edit 2010 03 15:
It’s always difficult to show where my thoughts begin and end on these Posterous blog updates… perhaps I should stop using it and find a better blog distribution tool. For clarification, I found this post by Vurdlak over on the site and thought it depicted the Orwellian nature of our world reasonably well… after reviewing, the post again, I see it’s unclear that the words below were from another person. So I’ve added this comment just for context.
— Larry

January 26, 2010 by Vurdlak

I don’t know if these shots were taken from an actual photojournalism, or were they just used as a theoretical example, but either way consider this a pretty powerful demonstration. See for yourself how our our perception can be easily shaped, and manipulated with by the media. I believe it isn’t necessary to explain this optical illusion. Photos speak for themselves. Imagine you worked for an administration that wants you to show how soldiers have no mercy when it comes to war. You would use the cropped picture on your left in that case. However, if you worked for the other side, and wanted to depict soldiers as human beings, you would crop the right part of the original photo. There you have it! Such powerful example amazes me, but in the same time scares the sh*t out of me. Which makes me think, should we be more skeptic to stories medias bombard us with?

Media Manipulation Optical Illusion

For those of you who are intensely aware of this, my apologies for wasting your time and attention. For those who are unfamiliar with the idea that someone is making decisions about what you see, and what you know, please think hard about the implications of this posting. Especially when it comes to things like School Textbooks.

“we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex… Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” — President Dwight D. Eisenhower

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3 thoughts on “Media Manipulation Illusion Example

  1. I definitely think that the photo illustrates the point. The best way to illustrate and teach other people about it I guess is to look at different news sources. What do they say about the current events. Do they agree with each other? If they don’t, why do they have such different views? Is there somebody benefitting from what is being said in the news right now? What kind of affliates does the news source have.

    There are so many glasses you can wear when viewing an event. I believe that showing those glasses is key. Because noone will have an unbiased view on anything. Not even scientists. (That’s why there is discussion among scientists as well, that’s why there always has to be discussion)

  2. Yep, I see your point about the left crop. Certainly I would not have used it. And while I agree with your second point, I’d like more feedback… does the photo illustrate the point? Is there a better way to make a visual example of bias and possible censorship in our “News” media?

    I think more than anything, I am dismayed by the attitude people take with the “news”. It’s much like other aspects of American society. If someone doesn’t process it for you, you just don’t bother with it.

    In an ideal world, the News would be participatory. You get the gist of what is going on, then dig in and find out more instead of passively accepting things… we live in a world of unprecedented access to data and information, and we need everyone to take advantage of it. I can only hope it’s a generational bias, and the younger tribe will become more empowered and less paralyzed than the current crowd.

  3. Me as a photographer I would say that you wouldn’t use the left crop, because it doesn’t look natural. Secondly, there is no unbiased media. As a photographer even though you don’t crop a photo you crop the photo by selecting what kind of picture you take and what kind of perspectives you want to use. For instance there is a huge difference in portraying a person from above or from below. Different lighting can also make a huge difference.

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