Incidentally, I do have some moral qualms about the primary application of Photoshop in the world of publishing for photo enhancement and manipulation. This situation is nicely summed up by the "Evolution" film, available at Dove's "Campaign for Real Beauty" web site.
Obviously, this is a reality that I will be sharing with my students, but it begs the following questions:
- Do we, as educators, have a moral responsibility to equip students with the knowledge of the consequences of the technology we're training them to use?
- How is it that we are encouraged to teach applications that ultimately harm a multitude of individuals, but are forbidden to use collaborative web based tools on the premise that we may encounter something offensive?
- By sanctioning such commercial products and their related careers and media whilst banning community based tools, known for breaking down such barriers as media vs. public, are we not perpetuating such harmful distortions for future generations?