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    Proposed Warning Labels on Airbrushed Photos

    I heard this idea on a news broadcast tonight, and I saw some older online articles about it - apparently it's something scientists and activists have been proposing for a while, since eating disorders, plastic surgery, and copious amounts of makeup seem to be on the rise for teenage girls.

    "Publishers have legitimate reasons to alter photographs to create fantasy and sell products but they’ve gone a little too far. You can’t ignore the body of literature showing negative consequences to being inundated with these images," says Dartmouth College professor Henry Farid. "The ubiquity of these unrealistic and highly idealized images has been linked to eating disorders and body-image dissatisfaction in men, women, and children. Now what we have developed is a mathematical measure of photo retouching."
    Each altered photograph was scored between one and five, with five for heavy retouching. Human volunteers scored photos from 1 to 5. The scientists found a close correlation between their computerised assessment and the human opinion, suggesting the technique could be used to come up with a rating that could be published alongside the image.(Examples below.)
    Farid, along with his Dartmouth doctoral student Eric Kee, wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science: "We can predict what the average observer would say. So we propose that the interests of advertisers, publishers and consumers may be protected by providing a perceptually meaningful rating of the amount by which a person's appearance has been digitally altered, When published alongside a photo, such a rating can inform consumers of how much a photo has strayed from reality, and can also inform photo editors of exaggerated and perhaps unintended alterations to appearances."
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fas...gazines-267619

    Example of the airbrushing they're talking about:

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    Instead of adding labels to the forged photos, it would be better to not forge photos in the first place. Adjusting light or stuff like that is one thing, but doing a virtual surgery like in the photo of Madonna above... must be frustrating for her as well, unless they invent "photoshopping" mirrors.... LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by velvet View Post
    Instead of adding labels to the forged photos, it would be better to not forge photos in the first place. Adjusting light or stuff like that is one thing, but doing a virtual surgery like in the photo of Madonna above... must be frustrating for her as well, unless they invent "photoshopping" mirrors.... LOL
    I think they do it to make their product more marketable. If a magazine is advertising beauty tips on its cover, they'll want the woman on the cover to look incredible, so other women will buy the magazine in hopes of using the beauty/fashion/health tips to look like that. So to give themselves an extra profit boost and make the magazine/ad/whatever look more appealing, they have to work their way around that fact that even celebrities are still humans and use the airbrushing to make them supernaturally beautiful or appear to defy the aging process, like in the photo of Madonna.

    As long as people keep buying into it, they'll probably keep doing it.

    In this video, they airbrush the model to make her face look more appealing on a billboard advertising a makeup product:

    "Evolution"
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    Swedish-Italian media personality Marcus Birro was heavily photoshopped on a magazine cover recently.

    http://www.ulrikagood.com/2011/10/da...-kandisar.html

    He was quite offended and outraged by it and actually made a big thing out of it. He thought that a picture of him should actually be a picture of him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CruxClaire View Post
    . If a magazine is advertising beauty tips on its cover, they'll want the woman on the cover to look incredible, so other women will buy the magazine in hopes of using the beauty/fashion/health tips to look like that.
    The obvious answer is to find women who look incredible without airbrushing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unity Mitford View Post
    The obvious answer is to find women who look incredible without airbrushing.
    The women who seem to fit the media's image of incredible actually don't seem all that stunning to me.

    The women I consider the most pretty would probably be deemed too plain/not flashy enough to be on a magazine cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CruxClaire View Post
    I heard this idea on a news broadcast tonight, and I saw some older online articles about it - apparently it's something scientists and activists have been proposing for a while, since eating disorders, plastic surgery, and copious amounts of makeup seem to be on the rise for teenage girls.
    Positively the most idiotic thing I have ever heard.
    Warning Labels on Photos.


    That really shows the intelligence of most people in society that we need warning labels to tell people that they are too stupid to understand media is BS and always has been. Are people really that Stupid? Apparently the answer is yes.

    Hey though why stop there, why not put warning labels on ALL FORMS of dishonest media including the broadcast news.

    LOL!
    Give me a Break!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CruxClaire View Post
    The women who seem to fit the media's image of incredible actually don't seem all that stunning to me.
    I agree, they are to skinny and have too little muscle on them.

    The women I consider the most pretty would probably be deemed too plain/not flashy enough to be on a magazine cover.
    No, you are just not looking at the Penthouse and Playboy covers, or the martial arts section.

    Quote Originally Posted by EQ Fighter View Post
    Hey though why stop there, why not put warning labels on ALL FORMS of dishonest media including the broadcast news.
    But why not? Imagine FOX having to have a ticker constantly warning the audience about the nature of their message and editorial policy.

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    I am happy with one thing- They are still using white European models only.

    Beautiful sex, sells, I am afraid.

    Its all about brainwashing women that they can even look much better than they do now. Also, It suggest that there is only one beautiful, that men only love and that Is, the women on the front cover of a magazine.

    The Beauty Is in the eye of the beholder! The media Is screwing around with nature.

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    It's not just airbrushing the models that is ridiculous, in the case of Kate Moss, they have to use body doubles for half of her limbs

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