Thursday, November 1, 2012
Morality and Perception
When we look at a magazine today, we might not be seeing the big picture. The picture ad companies don't want us to see. The reality is, pictures in magazines are retouched. According to the video, "publicists hire professionals to photoshop their client's images" before being published in a magazine. The questions raised in these videos are very interesting. The one I find most intriguing is the question of whether or not to use these types of images and whether a warning label should be placed on ads that an image has been retouched. A plethora of American girls, and girls around the world base their self image off of the cover of a magazine. The problem with this is although the images are altered they still lead to some eating disorders and lower self-esteem. I know for a fact that some girls will cut out a picture of a young lady in a magazine and do whatever is possible to achieve that image, healthy or not. From this stand-point I can see where some people may advocate or promote the use of warning labels; because the ads placed in these magazines are harming the well-being of another individual. I believe socially these images are harmful because they can create havoc between girls who are not that "perfect size". However, I do not believe that photo editing should be banned, it is a wonderful tool, and can be used for positive purposes as well.