You Can't Believe Everything You Hear

Class Forums Government 2017-2018- Assignment 4 You Can't Believe Everything You Hear

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    cqpittard01
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    It began with photoshop. Images were distorted to falsely portray someone or something. The average citizen with today’s advanced technology has the advantage of immediate access to the technology which would allow him to photoshop an image professionally. Today, pictures are seldom trustworthy. This is not a terrible blow to the public, however. We still have the reliability of audio and video sources, where what we see and hear is obviously true. Or so we thought.
    Last year new technology was released which allows video and audio “photoshop”. This technology known as Adobe Voco and Face2face, allows for nearly indistinguishable altering of someone’s facial expressions and speech. This technology can be used to change what someone has said on video and alter their facial expressions and movements to match with just a few simple steps.
    The obvious issues with this lie in the political field. If a politician’s manager, or even a common citizen, is not content with something that politician said on video, it can easily be changed, thus grossly misleading the public. History can be rewritten. “Facts” no longer can stand as unquestionable. George Orwell identifies this as an issue in an oppressive government in his dystopian futuristic novel, 1984. The government, in this story, or the Party, was “rewriting” history by destroying any evidence of facts that contradicting what the Party was currently asserting as truth. The public easily fell to this ploy. George Orwell identifies the obvious injustice of the government defining what truth is and altering facts. It goes beyond keeping the truth from the public to force feeding it lies.
    The nation that Orwell presented was bleak and eroded. Its citizens lived in fear. The government was tyrannical. Truth could not be found. A nation cannot thrive when the government has become so repressive that it has the power to alter sources so effectively that the public is being fed lies and led blindly by an omnipotent government. Technology such as Adobe Voco and Face2face produces and promotes injustice in our society and needs to be actively restricted.

  • #1330

    I would like to point out that there never was a time when this was not true, sure new technology makes it look that way, but there never was a time where you could really trust anything.  Remember Paul Rever’s drawing of the Boston ‘Massacre’?  That was the equivalent of photoshop in that day, and when Jesus was resurrected, remember what happened Matthew 28 11-15 “<span class=”text Matt-28-11″><sup class=”versenum”>11 </sup>As they were on their way, some of the guards came into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. </span><span id=”en-HCSB-24208″ class=”text Matt-28-12″><sup class=”versenum”>12 </sup>After the priests<sup class=”footnote” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;” data-fn=”#fen-HCSB-24208b” data-link=”[b]”>[b]</sup> had assembled with the elders and agreed on a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money </span><span id=”en-HCSB-24209″ class=”text Matt-28-13″><sup class=”versenum”>13 </sup>and told them, “Say this, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole Him while we were sleeping.’ </span><span id=”en-HCSB-24210″ class=”text Matt-28-14″><sup class=”versenum”>14 </sup>If this reaches the governor’s ears,<sup class=”footnote” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;” data-fn=”#fen-HCSB-24210c” data-link=”[c]”>[c]</sup> we will deal with<sup class=”footnote” style=”box-sizing: border-box; font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; position: relative; vertical-align: top; top: 0px;” data-fn=”#fen-HCSB-24210d” data-link=”[d]”>[d]</sup> him and keep you out of trouble.” </span><span id=”en-HCSB-24211″ class=”text Matt-28-15″><sup class=”versenum”>15 </sup>So they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been spread among Jewish people to this day.”?</span>

    People shouldn’t have gotten so trusting to pictures and video, nor expected better from the fallen race of mankind!

    Also, there’s no way you can put a restriction on technology, nor should you.  You should put a restriction on evil, and punish it wherever you can, but you can’t stop technology – it would do as much bad as good, or more.  I understand the concern, really, I sometimes wonder if my whole life is just a trick.  I don’t think it is, but my children, or there children, might really come to live in a fake world, a world where they are never exposed to a single trugth, but only twisted government/media lies.  We have to find a way to cut off the bad branches, without cutting off the good ones, or else we’ll produce no fruit at all.

    Remember, any other technology is can be just as bad!  Fire can burn houses and forests, people and animals.  Iron makes swords and daggers, chemicals explode, poison, burn, dissolve.  Just think if there were no explosions allowed, your car ingine couldn’t run!  No man could fly to the moon!  No sun could produce light and heat.  If we stopped all explosions, we’d have a really mess on our hands.  If we stopped all video editing or audio editing technology, there would be reprocussions.  No audiobooks, no movies, no docuementaries, no siri, etc.

    Even if you are not convinced, there is no way for you to stop it.  Technology is rarely reversable.  You must find a way to adapt to it and strike out the evil in it.

  • #1331

    cqpittard01
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    It began with photoshop. Images were distorted to falsely portray someone or something. The average citizen with today’s advanced technology has the advantage of immediate access to the technology which would allow him to photoshop an image professionally. Today, pictures are seldom trustworthy. This is not a terrible blow to the public, however. We still have a significant amount of reliability in audio and video sources. Or so we thought.
    Last year new technology was released which allows video and audio “photoshop”. This technology, known as Adobe Voco and Face2face, allows for nearly indistinguishable altering of someone’s facial expressions and speech in a video or audio recording. This technology can be used to change what someone has said on video and alter their facial expressions and movements to match, with just a few simple steps.
    The obvious issues with this lie in the political field. Something a politician has claimed or not claimed can easily be changed, thus grossly misleading the public, doing a great injustice. History can be rewritten. “Facts” no longer can stand as unquestionable. George Orwell identifies this as an issue in an oppressive government in his dystopian futuristic novel, 1984. The government, in this story, or the Party, was “rewriting” history by destroying any evidence of facts that contradicted what the Party was asserting as truth. The public easily fell to this ploy. George Orwell identifies the obvious injustice of the government defining what truth is and altering facts. It goes beyond keeping the truth from the public to force feeding it lies.
    The nation that Orwell presented was bleak and eroded. Its citizens lived in fear. The government was tyrannical. Truth could not be found. A nation cannot thrive when technology, which has the sole purpose to deceive, is being promoted and abused. It is our responsibility as citizens to be aware that this technology exists, of the power that this technology has and its consequences if in the wrong hands.

  • #1348

    abigail
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    I still am confused by your argument. You talk a lot about the programs that alter video but you never talk about the justice or injustice of it. You mention that it might be used in the political field and that it would create an awful society like in 1984. So are you concluding that using this editing software in the political field to alter what people say is unjust?

    • #1370

      I agree with Abby, I’m still not sure quite what your point is, so I’m not going to waste me time arguing.

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