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Web Evaluation & News Sources: Contextual Misrepresentation Activity

Contextual Misrepresentation

Contextual Misrepresentation

"The improper (or careless) integration of a photograph with text that leads to false meaning -- of which the viewer is unaware." Thomas Palmer

Activity:

  • Visit your assigned Case. 
    • Each Case illustrates a contextual misrepresentation. 
    • A screenshot of the original news story is provided and then reasons why an image was not used ethically.
  • Consider these questions.
    • What was the image and caption used in the source being questioned? 
    • How could this have been remedied?
    • Why is this an issue?
  • Match your case to the best description of its misrepresentation from the four provided.  However, you may select more than one as long as they apply.
  • Be prepared to share what you have chosen.

Note: These cases are written by Thomas Palmer at Picture Prosecutor. Thomas Palmer teaches at the University of Albany, is Editorial Design Director at the Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) and works to address "communication malpractice".

Case 14

The inquisitr wrongly claims Italian teen female doesn't 'know how to drive'

The original news story ...

  1. used a photo that is not relevant or connected to its content.
  2. used a photo from a real event to represent a fake event.
  3. states/implies that the photo represents one location rather than its true location.
  4. does not adequately caption the photo and paints a false picture about the individual, event or situation.

Case 17

NYT photo imperiled as click bait on fake news site

The original news story ...

  1. used a photo that is not relevant or connected to its content.
  2. used a photo from a real event to represent a fake event.
  3. states/implies that the photo represents one location rather than its true location.
  4. does not adequately caption the photo and paints a false picture about the individual, event or situation.

Case 16

Kim Kardashian West wronged by Daily Mail's contextual misuse of her NYC photo for heist story

The original news story ...

  1. used a photo that is not relevant or connected to its content.
  2. used a photo from a real event to represent a fake event.
  3. states/implies that the photo represents one location rather than its true location.
  4. does not adequately caption the photo and paints a false picture about the individual, event or situation.

Case 18

The Globe and Mail ignores shale oil misuse of NYT photo for 3 years

The original news story ...

  1. used a photo that is not relevant or connected to its content.
  2. used a photo from a real event to represent a fake event.
  3. states/implies that the photo represents one location rather than its true location.
  4. does not adequately caption the photo and paints a false picture about the individual, event or situation.

Case 19

Two Buttons Deep turns iconic barber from Down Under into Clickbait

The original news story ...

  1. used a photo that is not relevant or connected to its content.
  2. used a photo from a real event to represent a fake event.
  3. states/implies that the photo represents one location rather than its true location.
  4. does not adequately caption the photo and paints a false picture about the individual, event or situation.