There are many manipulative techniques used by the media in today’s world. Many manipulative can either hurt or help the general public. Either way, it is necessary for the audience to understand how the mind of media works. Such devices may include the use of logical fallacies and propaganda techniques, and usually involve the censorship of information or points of view by taking them out, by suggesting other people or groups of people to stop paying attention to specific arguments, or by merely redirecting their interests somewhere else.
Photography is probably the most single aspect of the news that is manipulated and changed in order to portray a specific message to the public. Many people disregard what the true meaning is behind the picture and view it the way it is. In that case, many news companies take advantage of that and try to show the public what they want to see. These pictures by the media enhance the media’s ability to deliver a key message, which fails to show the picture completely and detailed.
The toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos Square is a well-known example of how what’s reported does not inevitably replicate actuality. During that event, what was depicted in the western media as a unprompted protest against a despised dictator by his past subjects was in fact an occasion coordinated for cameras by American-led alliance services.
Not all media manipulation of photography happens at the government levels. There are even many Universities that take advantage of this manipulation technique. For instance, Hoping to illustrate its diverse enrollment, the University of Wisconsin at Madison doctored a photograph on a brochure cover by digitally inserting a black student in a crowd of white football fans. The original photograph of white fans was taken in 1993. The
additional black student, senior Diallo Shabazz, was taken in 1994.
These manipulations are quite embarrassing when the truth is revealed. Why do the media continue to manipulate photographs? The best way to convey a message is to have a display of some sort that supports the argument or news. Many people look at the image that is put across with the specific article and these pictures are key in pulling in a person to read the article or watch the news piece. There are not many ways for us to stop this manipulation, but one way that is possible, is for the public to be a bit smarter. There is never that “perfect picture” and it is our job to find out the meaning behind the pictures.