Knowledge is power.

  • 17th Century, Sir Francis Bacon.
  • “Generosity and enlightenment, dignity and splendor, piety and public spirit” were common held qualities.
  • People had to decide if the information they received was reliable.
  • We can make the judgment between truth and lies.
  • Governments surround the world; can we get to the truth easily?
  • Advertisers persuade, political parties spin and misrepresent.
  • Benefits Street on channel 4 – ‘how communities pull together’.
  • Advertisers create illusions.
  • Fake video of girl twerking and setting on fire. Many fooled into thinking this was real.
  • So many rumours on the Internet.
  • Conflicting agendas.
  • Now in the age of citizen journalism and bloggers so we can share information.
  • Digital age – we can’t hide anything anymore.
  • Activism – how do we respond to this truth seeking?
  • How do we know videos created aren’t propaganda?
  • Age of democracy, whistleblowers and full-scale leaks.
  • Our lives revolve around these ‘machines’.
  • Are we afraid to express our real thoughts and feelings?
  • We have to be careful about what we say as many people can access it.
  • Everything you do is global if you are using a social media/digital environment.
  • The Yes Men – activists who get into the news.
  • The test of humanity is when we can tell the difference between a computer and people.
  • Obfuscation, trickery and deceit are usually fun but can end in many actually believing things.

My response…

I found this lecture interesting as it targeted the never ending question of how do we distinguish between what is truth and what is lies? There are so many things that influence our thoughts and feelings, and potentially how this affects the work we produce. Post production is such an important part of photography – it has been happening for years even before photography become mostly digital. Now, it is rare to see a picture that has not been digitally altered in some way or other. This simple alteration can lead us to question if what we are seeing is real and the more manipulation develops, the less we can believe. However, with such a huge amount of trickery that is involved in our day to day lives it is easy to let it pass us by without realising it is actually fake. A simple example of this is the video we were showed of the girl twerking and setting on fire. I can safely say that this fooled me, yet it leads us to question what else we are being lead to believe. Now it is so easy to both access and share information, it is just as easy to begin spreading lies and rumours over the Internet – it is very easy to believe what you read or see. It is true that we have to be careful of what we see, just as it is so easy for others to see. We are subject to this everyday just by what we post on Facebook and Twitter which makes it so interesting to see how insignificant things we post are ‘feeding the machine’.

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~ by victoriasimkissphotography on January 13, 2014.

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