Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Don't Believe Everything You See

You can't trust anything these days -- even CBS:

Thanks to a computer "slight" of hand, the Tiffany network has made the new face of "CBS Evening News" instantly drop about 20 pounds.

In a picture widely distributed to the media last month, a normal-looking Couric wore a frumpy light gray suit and her trademark smile.

But thanks to Photoshop, the popular editing software, the same photo, printed in a CBS magazine, shows her looking much, much thinner - and her suit has become a few shades darker.

Then again, is this a surprise from the network that brought us Rathergate? Lies are lies, and credibility is the currency of the media. How long will this stuff go on before people get mad?

4 comments:

Matt said...

People don't care. That's the way they like it. If american culture demands skinny women in the media, that's what they get... whether or not reality reflects that. Go pick up any magazine at your nearest gas station and you won't find one photo in any of them that hasn't been at least slightly doctored to make the person in it more "attractive". The same goes for baseball and football athletes, we want the best athletes money can buy... so we get juicers to entertain us, hit homeruns and score touchdowns. EVERYTHING in this country is fake, not just hollywood or the MSM.

rightonq said...

And thus the difference between conservatives and liberals come through loud and clear.

Those conservatives that recognize personal responsibility as the key to our freedoms do not want to be fake, nor do they accept the fakeness of the MSM, Hollywood, et al. (ok, I love Terminator and the Matrix, but that's entertainment!!).

Liberals on the other hand decry what is fake, but still partake while suggesting that they know what's best for everyone else.

Not EVERYTHING is fake. Fake is for losers. Not ALL football or baseball players juice. Not all slender women have been airbrushed. Regardless, sports and women - while two of my favorite topics - are not necessarily all that important if it's fake or real. Think WWF!!

News, on the other hand, would be nice if it was real. Frankly, the distortion of pictures to make someone look nicer (or worse in the case of Coulter, Limbaugh and Rice on occassion) is just another way the MSM is trying to apply their ideology through manipulation of what is real.

That said, I really don't care about the picture of Katie C. and I actually look forward to how she does the news. If she looks fat and frumpy, she'll still look better than Dan Rather ever did!

Matt said...

I don't get it. Where is the distinction between liberals and conservatives on this topic? I wasn't ADVOCATING being fake, I was merely making an observation on the state of our culture in general. This has nothing to do with left or right, it has everything to do with american pop culture. We (as a people) want entertainment, not news. We want someone to tell us what to think instead of doing our own investigating.

Where is this supposed difference between conservatives and liberals on the subject of "fakeness"? Both sides are just as guilty...

rightonq said...

matt, you're right (really, this is not sarcasm).

I went a little far, but let me briefly explain where I'm coming from. I believe that political liberalism (or conservativism) manifests itself in other, very non-political areas of life from child-rearing to entertainment choices. It's an over-generalization, but there are certain areas where it's fairly easy to guess whether a person is liberal or conservative.

There are plenty of "fakes" on the right and there are plenty that aren't left or right, but fake conjures up TO ME a lot of things liberal:
- Hollywoodites - fake boobs, fake marriages, fake lives
- fake environmentalists (do what I say, not what I do)
- "fake but accurate" news media

So, while I'm trying to support my point, I still concede that I went too far in my generalization.