The Power of Captions: Words Added to Pictures

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Many folks pointed to this picture as evidence of a Bristol Palin "baby bump". Austin Kleon points out that truth or deception can be found in the caption. No photoshop is needed to do "fauxtography."

Austin Kleon writes :

“If you read through this Daily Kos piece, the writer presents pictures” of Republican vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin “at various stages of her pregnancy looking thin and trim as ‘evidence’ that she wasn’t really pregnant with her fifth child, but it was her daughter, Bristol, who was pregnant. The article is simply a list of photographs with captions ­and the captions control how we read the photographs.” » more

Case in point.  Austin Kleon’s caption asks,  “Innocent glass of water and pill ?” The truth totally depends on the accuracy of words, not the image.

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