My first idea for the Weekly Photo Challenge was to share a distorted image of a beach scene. The familiar sand and sun image altered by a weird purple haze special effect. I changed my mind on that photo when I came across the (on-line) Bing Dictionary definition of distortion:
“Misleading alteration: the describing or reporting of something in a way that is inaccurate or misleading”
If we were playing some kind of word association game; the above definition wouldn’t have been the first thing to pop into my head. Usually, I associate distortion with such things as rock music, fun house mirrors or modern art. My view has changed because I’ve been following all the happenings of Super Tuesday . I‘ve been really disappointed in the quality of the political news reporting and the analysis being offered by the political pundits. The above definition resonated with me.
For this weeks challenge, I’m sharing a distorted view of the Washington Monument; a symbol of Washington, DC; the seat of government of the United States of America.
I can accept and enjoy the visual distortion of this picture. I will disavow and abhor the people and systems that distort truth and thwart civil discourse.
“When distant and unfamiliar and complex things are communicated to great masses of people, the truth suffers a considerable and often a radical distortion. The complex is made over into the simple, the hypothetical into the dogmatic, and the relative into an absolute.” Walter Lippmann
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