Seeing is believing?

It is important to teach our students that they cannot always believe what they see in the media – all media. I have my students cut themselves out of a picture in Photoshop and insert the image into a different background. After the activity we discuss how easy it is to change an image. A recent, widely printed, photograph of the White House staff monitoring the attack on Bin Ladin provides a teachable moment. A Brooklyn based Orthodox Jewish newspaper edited the women out of the image. They did not just obscure them, but removed them all together, making it look as if they had never been there. Showing the edited image alongside an un-edited version has led to some interesting discussions.

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