Epistemic honesty and the default assumption that photos are true

Scott Fosdick, Shahira S Fahmy

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Abstract

Most magazine editors rely on readers to assume that a photo has not been significantly altered unless labeled otherwise. That reliance helps continue the longstanding fallacy that there is such a thing as a pre-alteration state of photography that is natural and truthful. This article sees a need for epistemic honesty, information added to help the receiver judge the truth or accuracy of a piece of communication. It looks to verbal language and the quotation as models for the honest presentation of samples of reality. The result is a recommendation for a visual equivalent to the quotation mark to alert the reader that a photo meets a certain standard of truthfulness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number87
JournalSIMILE
Volume7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Epistemic honesty and the default assumption that photos are true. / Fosdick, Scott; Fahmy, Shahira S.

In: SIMILE, Vol. 7, No. 1, 87, 02.2007.

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