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Developing Perfection: Understanding and Redefining Photography in a Digital Age

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As digital photography has grown in popularity, it has lead to the development of sophisticated digital image modification software. This thesis employs Kenneth Burke’s theory of perfection-seeking behavior to examine the usage of digital image modification in modern society. Engaging the work of Jean Baudrillard, I establish the impact of image modification in everyday life through a lens of Hyperreality. I examine genealogies of photography and image modification as a means of rhetorically comparing digital technologies to the photographic processes seen prior to computer-based modification. The conclusion establishes the potentially dramatic implications of digitally modified images retaining an ethotic dwelling place as truth-telling forms of visual communication.
subject
Visual Communication
Photography
Rhetoric
Perfection
Hyperreality
Photoshop
Communication
Digital Image Modification
contributor
Hahn, Taylor (author)
Beasley Von Burg, Alessandra (committee chair)
Hyde, Michael (committee member)
Curley, John (committee member)
date
2009-05-08T17:12:05Z (accessioned)
2010-06-18T18:59:45Z (accessioned)
2009-05-08T17:12:05Z (available)
2010-06-18T18:59:45Z (available)
2009-05-08T17:12:05Z (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/14886 (uri)
language
en_US (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
rights
Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide. (accessRights)
title
Developing Perfection: Understanding and Redefining Photography in a Digital Age
type
Thesis

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