The Public Relations Papers

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01 September, 2006

The Adobe Diet

Weight watchers. Jenny Craig. Atkins. South Beach. Adobe. For those of you who might not be up to date on weight-loss trends, computer users with Adobe Photoshop have the ability to lose weight in a matter of seconds. Instead of cutting back on calories and carbs, Photoshop users can simply cut, paste, click and drag away the extra pounds.

The recently-surfaced Adobe diet has been put to use this past week by Katie Couric and Rosie O’Donnell. Doctored photos of the slimmed-down television personalities have been circulating the internet this week, generating quite a buzz around the two.

In my opinion, I really don’t see this as much of a problem for anyone. But this still brings us to the question of whether or not the public should be made aware of which photos are real, and which photos have been edited. In this case, I could really care less about if these photos are real or not. I just don’t see dropping a few pounds via Photoshop groundbreaking. But if, for example, a photojournalist were to edit photos and pass them off as real, there would be chaos in the world of journalism. If for some reason a journalist did edit a photograph, he or she should make it very clear that it was edited.

As a rule of thumb, I think that it would be a good idea to always tell the public when a possibly controversial picture has been edited. It could save you later on down the road. Besides, would anyone really believe that Rosie O’Donnell got that skinny anyway?


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