When Is Photoshopping Considered Dishonest?

I was browsing one of my daily reads and noticed something a bit odd. The proprietor of that site used to be a bit of a right winger (though I am hesitant to call him a loon, as he generally kept reasonable standards even then). In fact, he was one of the original suckers contributors in the Pajamas Media debacle experiment. So he still merits anti-Democratic Party ads. A little while ago, I spotted one that struck me as a bit odd. I didn’t really get it at first. Occasionally our brains are on to certain nuances our consciousness takes longer to parse. There was something a bit off in an anti-Obama ad. I went back and looked at it a while later. I did some manipulation in MS Paint to see if I could demonstrate the differences that I could not describe. This is what I found:

See if you notice any differences…

Basically, it comes down to this. Some Romney advertiser must have said something to the effect of, “We must make Barack Obama look slightly more… how should I say it… black, black, blackity, black in any depiction in our advertising.” And behold, we see the result.

By marc

I am a scientist interested in laser safety, modeling and simulation, and statistics. I speak some Spanish, German, and Chinese.