Unwilling Icon: Dorothea Lange and Florence Owens Thompson, the "Migrant Mother"

Obama is said, by those who've seen him in person, to be a great public speaker. George Packer has written about Obama's speaking talents. Obama's appearance is secondary, but helpful.

And you left out the famous photos of Willie Horton. Maybe in part II.

Posted by JFred at February 18, 2008 1:24 PM

Snake oil and crystal balls fired the imaginations of young and old alike for years and the Wizard Of Oz understood this best. After all, truth is such a dull substitute.

I wish I could get more people to watch "Zardoz". A movie about so much more than Sean Connery in red diapers.

Arthur Frayn: I am Arthur Frayn, and I am Zardoz. I have lived 300 years, and long to die. But death is no longer possible, I am immortal. I present now my story - full of mystery and intrigue. Rich in irony, and most satirical. It is set deep within a possible future, so none of these events have yet occurred. But they may! Be warned, lest you end as I. In this tale I am a fake god by occupation, and a magician by inclination. Merlin is my hero! I am the puppet master. I manipulate many of the characters and events you will see. But I am invented too for your entertainment and amusement. And you, poor creatures, who conjured you out of the clay? Is God in showbusiness too?

Posted by David McKinnis at February 18, 2008 3:10 PM

"the physical manipulation of photography is much easier to detect"

Only because the technology is still young. For my job at a portrait studio I routinely do edits that should be undetectable, and one of the reasons they like me is because they *are* undetectable when they're done right. Look at Worth 1000. There's a lot of talented artists out there, and I'm sure that a way to fake EXIF data is out there as well.

But even unretouched photography, straight from camera to print, can lie. It's all in what you put in and leave out, such as the children's toys that always seem to be so well-framed in the rubble.

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