links for 2008-09-05

  • The doctoring of photos, once considered the reserve of tyrants and UFO nuts, is becoming increasingly widespread. With photo-editing software becoming ever more sophisticated, and the internet allowing instant distribution, it has never been easier to create and spread hoax images. Below we present 20 of the most striking, interesting and controversial fake photos, most of them produced in the last five years. Some were created to amuse, some to mislead, while others were an attempt to rewrite history. And although the credulity of the internet has been blamed for allowing hoax photos to flourish, several of the fakes below were actually uncovered by bloggers after being distributed by mainstream media outlets.
  • The words that speakers used at the two political conventions show the themes that the parties have highlighted. Republican speakers have talked about reform and character far more frequently than the Democrats. And Republicans were more likely to talk about businesses and taxes, while Democrats were more likely to mention jobs or the economy.
  • This list summarizes 25 of the most controversial banned books and tells you where you can read them all for free online. Exercise your rights by reading at least one of these banned books today!
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