Picture Perfect

Digital manipulation of photos has risen to a level where it’s nearly impossible to distinguish reality from forgery. A questionable photo of a U.S. soldier with an Iraqi child holding a sign has circulated on the net, though no one can be sure what the sign actually said. It’s prompted a military investigation and a host of questions about the trustworthiness of photos, including an interesting scenario where a doctored photo released days before an election could sway the outcome before anyone can prove or refute the reality of the photo.

Wired ran an interesting story last year about forged nude photos of celebrities and a Fake Detective who spends his time debunking them: “These Are Definitely Not Scully’s Breasts.”

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