OBAMA’S SELFIES: HOW TRUTHFUL IS THE CAMERA?

Yesterday, a set of photos taken of President Obama at the Mandela memorial service showed him taking “selfies” with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and First Lady Michelle Obama looking somewhat perturbed at their antics. While many are quick to draw instant conclusions based on the appearance of those photos (because come one, it’s too hard to resist, right?) we sometimes forget that photos, like words (sound bytes) and even written phrases, taken out of context can be misleading.

Does a photo always tell the truth? Can the camera lie?

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