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Pro-Produced "Amateur" Political Comment

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 12:19:54 -0400 (CLT)

I've been clicking around on YouTube a fair amount recently (there's a ood
clip of Uri Geller being outfoxed by Randi).

This suggests anything you see there should be viewed with a healthy dose
of cynicism:

http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/print?id=2273111

Andrew

Fake Photo? Perhaps Not

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2006 21:53:41 -0400 (CLT)

On the other hand, I've often thought that "photoshop experts" (ie anyone
who's used the program, apparently) are a bit too quick to judge images
fake.  Here's an interesting example -
http://news.yahoo.com/photo/060805/photos_ts/2006_08_05t152933_450x304_us_mideast
- that's discused here - http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/53640

But look at the photograph again.  The two smoke clouds are not identical
(to my eye at least).  And having regular patterns in smoke is so odd in
itself that you might look for an explanation elsewhere.  Perhaps that's
what happens if a jet aircraft flys through the smoke?  Or perhaps there's
some strange wind / weather?  Those explanations would explain similar
(not identical) structures in both smoke columns.

Andrew

I Was Wrong

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2006 18:51:33 -0400 (CLT)

Reuters have revoked the photograph:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3286966,00.html
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060806/ts_nm/mideast_reuters_dc_1

(And I misunderstood what the claim was - it's not so much that one plume
had been copied to another, but that the extension of the plumes upwards
caused the regular patterns)

Andrew

Reuters Develop Photo Audit Software

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 21:53:10 -0300 (CLST)

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/danchung/2006/12/13/reuters_working_on_image_authe.html
http://tomglocer.com/blogs/sample_weblog/archive/2006/12/12/142.aspx

Motivated by the case above.

Andrew

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