Original or Manipulated

The Photoshop Phenomenon

In today’s world, we consume media of all sorts on a daily basis. Multimedia surrounds us, and often influences our thinking, decision making, and actions. However, the digital nature of these artifacts makes it possible for them to be easily manipulated, edited, “Photoshopped,” remixed, remashed, etc., so it can be difficult to decipher between what is “real” and what is “fake.

Take this challenge to see how well you can discern between the “real” and the “fake.” You will be shown a photo chosen from a set of manipulated photo pairs (in other words, one original and one modified version exist for each photo), and you must decide whether the photo has been digitally manipulated.

After you’re done, your teacher will present each pair of original and manipulated photos, and you will discuss possible motivations for manipulating each of the photos. Note that each of these photos comes from actual instances in the news media.

Can You Tell the Difference?

1) Is this image the original or was it manipulated? Explain your reasoning.

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2) Is this image the original or was it manipulated? Explain your reasoning.

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3) Is this image the original or was it manipulated? Explain your reasoning.

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4) Is this image the original or was it manipulated? Explain your reasoning.

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5) Is this image the original or was it manipulated? Explain your reasoning.

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6) Is this image the original or was it manipulated? Explain your reasoning.

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