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Seeing is believing. Really?

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“Seeing is believing” is an idiom first recorded in 1639 that means "only physical or concrete evidence is convincing". Can you truly believe what you see in a photograph? Is a picture worth a thousand words? In this presentation, I discussed three ways a person can be manipulated through images and why we should always keep an open mind.

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  • 1. Really? By Brian Lin, DTM PDG

2. Seeing is believing is an idiom first recorded in this form in 1639. It is problematic in the modern world. 3. Did we really land on the moon? 4. V-J Day in Times Square By Alfred Eisenstaedt Did the sailor really kissed a stranger? Was it taken on V-J day? 5. Manipulation Source #1 PHOTOSHOP 6. North Korea: military training (How many boats were real?) 7. Iran: Missile(s) Launch. How many missiles actually flew? 8. China: Government official visit. Who were actually there? 9. Manipulation Source #2 Snap Shot Bias An image represents a frozen frame in time. It may not be what the person always does. People can be taken out of context. 10. Does Obama love rabbits? Does he fight for animal rights? 11. Does Bush eat cats? 12. Has the Prince Cheated? When? 13. Was this taken when Justin Bieber was arrested for drunk driving? 14. Manipulation Source #3 Story Bias You can spin a story in many ways to your advantage. 15. What stories can you tell from just looking at this picture? 16. Is peace really in sight? What else can this photo tell us? 17. What is this all about? 18. Jamie Lynne Grumet photographed by Martin Schoeller 19. Image cannot always be trusted. It is up to the seer to determine what story s/he will believe. What you see may not be what it was. Always keep an open mind.