not a beautiful or unique snowflake (nothings) wrote,
not a beautiful or unique snowflake
nothings

So something about this mea culpa from the photographer who faked the Iraqi photo rubbed me the wrong way, enough that I posted about it in jwz's livejournal in response to his blogging it. Basically, I was looking for some sort of explanation about why he would ever even consider cutting & pasting between two images; why was that part of his skill set. And there's nothing about "I also do non-journalistic photography, so that sort of manipulation comes naturally, and I guess I just got my ethics crossed". Instead, it's as if it just happened by magic.

And I guess what rubs me the wrong way is that it is exactly the sort of response I'd expect from somebody who'd done this many times, but this was the first time he was caught. He's not going to turn around and say "well, actually I did it these twenty other times". Of course, maybe this really was his first time--there has to be a first time--but then again, considering how difficult it is to spot the fakery in this case, it's easy to imagine there are others that are undetectable. All we can say for sure is it was the first time he was caught.

Now, this may just reflect an excessive cynicism on my part, but then I read things like this story about the excessive fabrications of a Times reporter, which points out how few checks and safeguards are in place to prevent willfull abuse, and I don't feel bad for thinking such negative thoughts about Walski.
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