As we were working on the class video project using iMovie, it became freakishly clear to me that pretty much any piece of media can be manipulated in these modern technological times. Videos, pictures, and audio, can be changed from their original form to another in the click of a single button. Although programs such as iMovie, Photoshop and Snag-it can be useful sources of editing pictures, movies, and sound, it’s still kind of worrisome as well as speculative because it forces one to think about how much power magazines, TV, movies, and radio have to change things we see and hear everyday. Sure it’s cool to see things blow up in movies or see a human transform into a werewolf right before your eyes, but does the media have any limits when it comes to manipulating such images? Not only are magazines sending out images of one standard type of beauty to girls, but that image in itself is fake all together. Pretty much every picture going into magazines is edited or photoshopped, changing it from its original self.
Why is this a problem one may ask? Because it leads the audience of that particular publication to believe something that isn’t true. When we watch movies, we have suspended disbelief and realize that things don’t just randomly blow up on the streets with no repercussions or that humans have the ability to change to werewolves or vampires. However, when faced with images of what society expects people to look and act like they are: stylish, thin, popular, jacked, bubbly, athletic, rich or whatever else the case may be, it is sending out very real expectations to live up to a certain image that was never real to begin with.
Modern technology such as iMovie, Photoshop, Snag-It, and other such programs have opened a whole new door of possibilities to society. We expect to see those images of the perfect models, with the perfect skin, the perfect bodies, wearing the perfect clothes in magazines and on TV. However, the reality is that media is sending out false images and we are allowing it.