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The Ethical and Moral Aspects of Photo Manipulation

I believe that photo manipulation is acceptable in certain situations and unacceptable in others.  I don’t think it’s right for photo manipulation to be used to “fix up” a child’s school picture.  I think it’s not right to remove even cuts, acne, or other temporary blemishes because, like it said in the article about photo manipulation in school pictures, a person should be able to look back at their pictures when they get older see who they really were, not who they wanted to be.  Removing things like birth marks is just wrong in my opinion.  Parents should let their kids know they love them no matter how they look.  By removing a birth mark, parents send off the message to their children that they would have been a better child without those birth marks or blemishes.

I think that it is acceptable for magazine editors to manipulate the photos in their magazines in most cases.  I think that the TIME magazine with O.J. Simpson on the cover should not have been pulled back for being accused of racism.  I believe that in this specific case, the cover of the magazine was not racist.  I believe that designers have the right to edit pictures that go into magazines.  In my opinion, determining whether a design is racist or not all depends on the design.  If there is an obvious racist aspect of the design, then it should be labeled as racist and it should be pulled back.


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