By: Jessica Cherok
It’s time we all were really honest with one another, because frankly, it has gone on for far too long. We’ve all been guilty of it at one time or another, but now it’s time to stop. No more ridiculous editing of the photos we post online. It’ll be hard, but together we can do it.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best. Putting on makeup, getting your hair cut, donning a head-turning outfit. These were all rituals for first dates, job interviews, or getting headshots, but we’ve taken narcissism to a whole different level.
It’s not just Photoshop. It’s every photo editing software allowing users — from the basic to the advanced — to change nearly everything about a photo. You can erase blemishes, whiten your teeth, or add a filter so it looks like the 1970s (which was apparently a decade more orange than the Jersey Shore). Crop off fat, edit out the coveted thigh-gap, change the background, add a cruise ship, and so on.
But haven’t you ever wondered what it’ll be like to look through your Instagram account in 20 years? Will Timehop deliver photos of someone you barely recognize? Yes, you sure do look different decades later, but if we’re being honest, you looked different on the day you took the photo, too.
Will your entire photographic history is based on a foundation of lies? All X-Pro II and lasso tools? Will all of your memories be oversaturated and blurry around the edges?
We should stop with all this fakery. #nofilter unite.
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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