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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Can your eyes believe what they are seeing?

On July 10, the Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Chicago Tribune, and Boston Globe were just four of the daily newspapers that published an alarming photograph of four Iranian missiles streaking into the sky.
It took a blog -- "Little Green Footballs" -- to provide evidence that the photograph was a fake.
The computer surely is a two-edged weapon. With photoshop and creative labeling, a meaningless low-res picture can be turned into propaganda. The internet, used just as creatively, can prove what you've been fooled. And long live the blog: at last the people have a voice.
To read a fascinating discussion of this, go to the New York Times for Errol Morris's interview with Hany Farid, a Dartmouth professor who is an expert in digital photography.

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