Public Scale for Photoshop

In current news, which also perfectly ties into last week’s discussion and week’s prier, talks about having a public scale for images that have been photoshopped.  The article talks about recent studies showing that after just three minutes of flipping through fashion and lifestyle magazines, women, of all ages, “feel bad and/or think negative thoughts about their bodies.”  With this, Dr. Hany Farid and Eric Kee both professors at Dartmouth University, have been in the process of proposing a software that detects how much a photograph was been photoshopped.  The scale ranges from 1 to 5, where 1 is a basic air bush to 5 being an extreme enhancement.  However, there has been two every different sides to this software.  First, models want to look their best, they want to be at 1, they do not want to have this image of not only being rated by the industry, but also by the people that look at their photos in the public sphere.  Moreover, the majority of the people looking at these magazines is the younger generations, girls, aged 11-17.  These girls are still developing their sense of the world, growing and maturing, and they need to know that these models in top fashion magazines do not always look the pore-less Amazon bombshells.  The software is currently being used in the UK, which have banned all cosmetic ads that are photoshopped, due to the fact that this false advertisement.  The question is now if this will be adopted by the United States and what other countries.  And will this software, if adopted, change the industries current state?

 

Article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/technology/software-to-rate-how-drastically-photos-are-retouched.html?_r=3&hp

class material for nov.30th

Super slim me

Part1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lxbcPwRuj4
Part2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjTmJ4GCAM0&feature=related

Part3:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xld2lF6-Xs&feature=related

Part4:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJzgXhCxg8c&feature=related

Part5:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tnag3laUb4&feature=related

Part6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIWlNBdiQcc&feature=related

This is a documentary about size issue. It begins with a girl trying to lose weight to become size0 and how she find truth of size0. And more over, especially at part5 and 6 she was trying to find out who is responsible for size0 issue and trying to express her voice.

‘made in Italy’vs’made in China’

http://www.i-italy.org/11261/promoting-made-italy-global-level

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/13/world/europe/13prato.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/23/opinion/23thomas.html?_r=2&ref=todayspaper&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

first article is about how ‘made in Italy’ become like a brand.

However I found really funny how ‘made in China’ replace ‘made in Italy’ in other article. And last article is show how “some hide the “Made in China” label in the bottom of an inside pocket or stamped black on black on the back side of a tiny logo flap. Some bypass the “provenance” laws requiring labels that tell where goods are produced by having 90 percent of the bag, sweater, suit or shoes made in China and then attaching the final bits — the handle, the buttons, the lifts — in Italy, thus earning a “Made in Italy” label. Or some simply replace the original label with one stating it was made in Western Europe.”(7th paragraph in article)

So what do you think about ‘made in Italy’vs’made in China’