A Fragile Fortress of Credibility
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In Chapter 10 we asked whether journalists in a media environment saturated in photoﬁction can maintain a fortress of credibility around authentic images, isolating them in the public mind from photo-illustrations and other contrivances. To do so requires ﬁrst recognizing the possibility that public faith in photocredibility itself may diminish signiﬁcantly in the near future. The apparent impartiality of photography’s mechanical and chemical processes once helped foster popular allusions to phototruth: “photographic proof,” “pictures don’t lie,” “seeing is believing” and so on. Photos seemed real. Exceptions were identiﬁed with any number of qualiﬁers: trick, specialeffects, doctored, manipulated. All of these assumptions made policies regarding the ethics of altered photos seem uncomplicated, at least in comparison to the digital dilemmas we now face. But the liquid essence of digital technology may foster a new set of expressions, from now on acknowledging how ﬂeeting, how impermanent, how unreal mass media images have become.