News Analysis 8: Photoshop

What is the point of Photoshop? What good does Photoshop do for our society? Photoshop is an application on the computer that allows the user to alter pictures. People use it mainly to make models look even hotter. Some people use it to merge different pictures into one picture, creating a collage. However, professional editors use it to completely change a model’s body, making them look like they have perfect bodies when in fact they do not. People fail to realize that the models in magazines and in advertisements are all fake; they do not appear like that in real life. People fail to believe that Photoshop is not only for taking wrinkles out and adding a bit of a glowing effect, but it’s used to completely change how a person looks. It is an illusion that confuses the reader to believe that the ideal body lies on the page in front of them.

The question is why, why does this to people. Why create a fake image that people fantasize about? What does it do to a person besides making them feel bad about their own body? I think that this is the main goal for all industries. They make their customers feel bad about themselves or lose faith in the product that they are currently using, just to introduce their own product and how it is better and how it can improve your life. It is just like the saying “you will never know what true happiness is until you hit rock bottom.” People won’t know what satisfies them until they know what they do not like. I feel that the use of Photoshop to deceive people is wrong. It just causes misery in the lives of innocent civilians trying to achieve a body that satisfies them.

Am I saying that Photoshop is a harmful tool? Yes and no. In some aspects, Photoshop can be useful and helpful. It can be used to make a person laugh, by combining two funny images. It can be used to make a person feel emotional, like creating a collage containing pictures of personal experiences. It doesn’t necessarily have to be harmful, but the way that professional editors use them makes it harmful. I feel that models should not let editors edit their body just to make it seem like the perfect body, I think that if they have to edit their bodies to make themselves perfect, that they should not be modeling at all. If the models in advertisements are completely altered with Photoshop, then anyone on the earth has the potential to model. I feel that Photoshop doesn’t do models or anyone any good besides cause misery.

Sources:

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/showbiz/2013/11/08/sbt-sally-gifford-piper-photoshop-video.hln.html

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