Filed under: Communication | Tags: BP, communication, Egypt, photoshop, Syria
I’ve been in the States all week. This morning I was at a really good workshop in San Francisco on how communications is changing the balance of power in society. We talked about the recent spate of Photoshop fakes – quickly discovered by thousands of eyes, a kind of crowd-sourced scrutiny. Basically, it’s getting harder to be fake. Here are some examples.
Levitating Chinese Officials
The three stooges in this official photograph are supposed to be inspecting a new road in Huili county, China – but clearly they don’t quite have their feet on the ground. Dozens of piss-take images are appearing on the internet – view more here.
BP’s Fake Crisis Centre
During the oil spill, BP released a fake image of it’s crisis centre. People quickly noticed the shoddy Photoshop job, as well as spotting that the JPG Meta Data said the original image was created in 2001. The original story broke here.
Doctored pic of Egypt’s Dictator
Egyptian Bloggers were quick to spot the fakery of this picture, published by the state owned newspaper in September last year. The paper defended it as “an expressionist photograph” – story here.
A strange angle on Assad
And this month, Syria’s state-run news agency SANA released a photo of President al-Assad swearing in a new mayor – and clearly something is distinctly odd about the picture…