英國石油公司的假照片 BP’s Fake Photo

2010/07/20

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If you prefer to read in English, go to bottom of this mumble jumble. You might want to check out those two hyper links below before going further. They are the sources of this gripe. For my Chinese reading friends, carry on, carry on.

華盛頓郵報 Washington Post 7/20/2010 報導了這則新聞:英國石油公司發布修改過的危機中心照片被質疑 Altered BP photo comes into question

新聞中引述了部落客(博客)仲。阿拉弗細絲 (John Aravosis) 在AmericaBlog.com的文章。John把英國石油在自家網站發表的照片放大後,發現該照片中位於休士頓的BP危機管控中心牆上的海底照片是用PhotoShop貼上去的偽造品。網站中有多幀照片分析假造露餡之處,BP已經承認這張照片經過修改。這種本來沒有必要造假的照片,英國石油都能搞鬼,更重要的事,他們會放過嗎?搞這種把戲,唯一的目的就是告訴世人:『我們很努力地在監看漏油的地方。』

該照片偽造技術粗糙所以被抓包。如果他們多花些功夫修改照片,大概可以騙比較久,甚至永遠不會被拆穿。但是,被抓包又怎樣呢?造假又怎樣呢?就像上禮拜才傳出要付美金五億五千萬和美國證券管理委員會「和解」的勾們撒客死 (Goldman Sachs)。我就是這樣。不然你能奈我何?MIchael Moore說過,他有紀錄片修理Wal Mart,但是Wal Mart照常把這紀錄片在自己店裏大賣特賣。他說,這不是因為Wal Mart良心發現,或是非賺這筆賣DVD的錢不可。這只是Wal Mart表示:你揭發我。那又怎樣?你能把我怎樣?理你就傻。

臺灣寶島是民主聖地,這種「我就是這樣,反正有人支持,反正有生意做,你能奈我何?」的事情是當然沒有的。我為各位鄉親理性和唯是非是論的文明情操感到光榮。

英國石油公關這麼搞,其他大公司呢?其他各種組織呢?其他個人呢?照片可以photoshop,言語和口號呢?文字呢?『戰爭就是和平,自由就是奴役,無知就是力量。』(George Orwell《1984》)。還有呢?我說舉世盡多欺世盜名輩,太多靠欺騙為生的人,你說我太憤世嫉俗。可這只是幾個顯而易見的例子,其他還有很多類似這種「讓大家不方便的事實」。有些列出來,可能要傷很多人的心。有機會我總會貼出來的。

這句自我警惕的不像話當作結尾吧:『發現、揭穿別人的騙局並無法提升我們的道德層次。』(卜向化加鹽錄)
也請參考【正義是什麼碗糕】中《精英》定義第二條。

好了,寫得太深入的話浪費你我的時間,剩下的就留給各位發表意見吧。


BP was caught because it was a lousy photoshop job. What if it’s done perfectly? BP was caught. What about other companies? Other institutions? Other individuals? What can you do about it? Do they care? I don’t think so. Goldman was caught. Nothing cannot be solved with a little bit of pocket money, a tiny portion of of their profit. Michael Moore said once that one of his documentaries implicated Wal Mart. But, that company still put his video on its shelves. Wal Mart did not suddenly feel the need to repent. Neither did it care about the money that video might have brought in. It’s because it did not care. So you caught me. What can you little shrimps do? Photos are altered. How about videos? How about words? Slogans? Faith? And you disagreed with me when I said cynicism is the pain killer I live by.

Let me quote two Georges:
Symbols are for the symbol minded. (George Carlin)
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. (George Orwell)

And, to end this post, as a self-warning, from your humble cynic moi: “It does not lift you higher by simply discovering a sham."
 
 
 

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