Monday, February 27, 2012
Seeing is not always believing. Almost every image you and I encounter everyday whether it be via the news, advertisement, or entertainment source is purposefully used to evoke some sort of reaction. Although we like to believe our trusted sources use authentic imagery to achieve these responses from us, unfortunately the practice of photo manipulation has been going on about as long as photography has. The following are just a few examples of some of the more ridiculous manipulations designed to "trick" you into believing something else is going on.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Below is a video that's sparked controversy and gotten my attention. The video for the most park speaks for itself, but in a nutshell; a father finds out his daughter is posting some spiteful comments towards him and his wife. Apparently this had been a chronic issue with the girl so he decides to offer punishment for the 2012 social network era: Makes a video scolding her before he loads eight hollow-point rounds into her laptop and posts it on her facebook wall. Now of course the video has received millions of hits and garnered massive media attention. Some are calling him a hero, some are saying he's a child abuser. You can spin it either way. I call him creative. Maybe he should start a blog.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
It is obvious that we can't believe everything we see, especially in this era of CGI and photoshop. The Internet is full of doctored images and videos that we almost can immediately dismiss as being fabricated. But sometimes small inaccuracies in reporting can change your entire perception on a person or event. The now famous "War of the Worlds" broadcast had people in New Jersey panicking because they assumed the fictional tale being read was an actual news report. Of course something like that occurring now is highly unlikely, but it is easy for someone to read a report about a person accused of a crime and for them to immediately make a judgment about that person. All that the news reports have to do is throw in an unflattering mugshot or picture taken in low light, some uses of the word alleged, and you make the decision on what you think of the person without even realizing you've already been influenced.
This blog is not about how "the man" is trying to keep us down or about conspiracy theories regarding the media. In fact it is a form of media being used to teach you to be wary of the media. Join me on this journey and decide for yourself what it is you should be thinking. In this world where the media all around us is the shepherd it is easy for us to become the sheep. Remember you don't have to be behind bars to be imprisoned, as long as your mind is free you won't have to do ANY of the time.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Three months have passed and I've stopped dwelling on the crime, I have to focus on how I'm going to serve the time. So I decided there's no better way to survive house arrest than by sharing it with all of you. Therefore I present to you This Week In Ed, my personal diary depicting the life I lead under the watchful eye of the state of New Jersey. Enjoy the following preview of what's to come.