Monday, February 11, 2013

The Myth of Charles Van Doren

"Digital cameras have made film obsolete. My job is to certify that photographic evidence introduced at trial is untainted by digital manipulation.I use sophisticated programs to analyze images for photoshopping and computer graphics. To validate the equipment I analyze pre-digital era photographs."

Sam paused, as if uncertain how to proceed.

"I received a new software release and my validation tests began to fail. The results say that every photo taken before 1960 that I've tested is computer generated. What can it mean?"

"It's obvious.", Lisa replied. "This just proves that the 1950s mythologized by conservatives never really existed."