This is exactly the message I want to spread!

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This week, I tweeted a link to The Photoshop Hall of Shame which caused some interesting discussion amongst my peer group about how important it is that people know images are retouched, how our minds can process them knowing this, how to NOT buy into the media machine that tells us we aren’t good enough. I then came across something shocking: a “photographer’s best friend” (a digital retoucher) who decided less than 2 months ago to quit his job and call for reform in the industry. Below is a video of him explaining what happened, and an accompanying letter (posted here with Roy’s consent.) WOW.

My name is Roy A. Cui and I live and work in Los Angeles, California. You may be familiar with my work. I have worked on many clothing and beauty advertising campaigns. I’ve worked on covers and editorial spreads for…

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Hello readers,

Welcome to my final multimodal project for Professor Josh Stenger’s Digital Culture Class, ENG 331, at Wheaton College.

My project will discuss the many ways in which women struggle for unity and empowerment against the subtle and not-so-subtle attacks on their self-image put forth my the media.  Specifically, I would like to illustrate how the Internet is the most powerful tool available to do this while protecting their sexuality and self-esteem, because it provides a medium by which all women can engage with one another to counter the harmful effects of unrealistic expectations in print and television advertisements.

Though this WordPress acts as a final presentation of my findings, I would also like it to be an interactive environment for users to communicate with one another. Please feel free to comment with questions, concerns, objections, opinions, and don’t forget to check out some of the additional links for readers interested in learning more!

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