17 Reasons Why You Should Never Ask James Fridman to Photoshop Your Pictures

17 Reasons Why You Should Never Ask James Fridman to Photoshop Your Pictures

Be careful what you wish for

In today's society, when it comes to uploading photos on social media, there's a lot of pressure to be "perfect." Whether it may be erasing skin deformities or changing one's weight, people will do anything to feel accepted by others. However, not everyone has the editing skills to do it. Luckily, I know someone who does.

Meet James Fridman, a graphic designer and a Photoshop king who will take your images and make the photo edits you request. However, the photo he sends back will not likely be the Instagram-worthy image expected. Instead, Fridman manipulates the public's pictures, often literally and sarcastically, based on their unrealistic requests.

On his Twitter feed, @fjamie013, which has gained more than 423,000 followers, the artist invites people to send him their photos and just to make sure everyone knows what they’re getting into, James also publishes the warning: 'Do not submit any personal photos that you do not want to be made public.' He asks those who submit photos to agree to his terms and conditions. Here's why:

1. He is very literal.

I bet they're married now.

2. I mean, very.

He's not a grammar nazi, that's for sure.

3. He will put you in your place.

I find the photo on the right way more attractive.

4. He is political.

5. He likes puns.

I don't think that was the "Big Ben" he was referring to.

6. He understands life's true pressures.

A great depiction of how all college students feel.

7. He respects women.

I hate men.

8. He is not wrong.


9. He's frustratingly funny.

10. Again, he puts you in your place- well, or removes you entirely.

He gives you what you deserve.

11. Jeb and George might make an appearance.

12. He can make magic happen.

He shares his strong opinions, too.

13. He is honest

14. He finds a loop hole in every request.

Where is the lie? Check Fox News.

15. He reminds you of the important things in life.

16. He gets deep.

17. And ultimately, he sends the message that you don't need any editing. You are more beautiful without it.

Most importantly, what James' projects teach the world is that photoshop and editing will not make us feel any better about ourselves. He shows this by refusing to alter photos of people with requests to change themselves in order to fit in with society's version of "beautiful." His lessons and morals are just what this messed up society, who feels the need to ask for obscure photoshop requests, needs.

If you'd like to make your own request, you may do so here. Just remember, results may vary.

Cover Image Credit: Twitter: @fjamie013

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Fast News Doesn't Mean Better News

In a progressing society, the way we digest news has gone backwards.

Bam. A shocking event, bordering on scandalous, happens. Mere minutes later, your lock screen in your smartphone starts lighting up with adrenalized headlines that pop up one after another. Or you check social media and the lines between what is real and opinion start to blur as your naïve mind tries to stitch together what happened, but nothing seems wholly truthful, but nothing seems quite like a lie.

In a world where almost all the commodities of the modern era, such as social media, online shopping, and flying, are made to fit the accelerated lifestyle of the average American, speed is always favored. This is especially true when it comes to the whirlwind that is the world of online news.

For example, moments later after the Parkland school shooting in Florida, eye-catching headlines started to appear, each one more unsound than the next. In some news outlets, the shooter was an extreme leftist. In others, he was a violent anarchist. Finally, some pinpointed him as a member of the terrorist group, ISIS. This all became visible to the public before Nikolas Cruz's name was released as the culprit.

In another occurrence, during the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, social media conspiracy theories filled the landscape, many users believing that they were true. For example, in one, the Boston Globe, a newspaper based in (you guessed it) Boston, was presumed t tweet about the explosions before it happened. However, in a debunking, the tweet times always match the time zone in which the account is reading in, offering an explanation for the discrepancy. In another outlandish theory, memorial pages for the bombings were created too soon. But it just so happens that in Facebook, users can choose the date in which their page was founded

Though this is only two events, they are part of a vast collection, almost endless, as the majority of the new sources are unable to get rid of the bias that is and will probably be ever-present. Especially in the modern 21st century where the promptness is prized far more favorably than accuracy, as seen throughout various posts of miscellaneous events, so take a step back and try to analyze the whole affair with impartial eyes.

Now, I'm not asking you to go off the grid and become one with nature. Rather, I'm asking you, as a reader, to be aware of the role you play in the flawed internet-based world of news. This digitization has ruined the way the world processes news, allowing us to find ourselves trapped in a door-less chamber where the bias of the news outlets is inescapable. Or our vision is warped, much like the way a funhouse mirror does, letting us be poisoned by the point of view in each news outlet like the liberal New York Times or the conservative Fox News. Not to mention that in a social media each event comes from someone else's viewpoint, blinding you from your own.

Though this is scary, there are ways to avoid artifice of the online news outlets, like making sure you don't read incidents the moment they happen. This will make life easier for you in the long-run, allowing the detection of the bias and actual fake news easier than it would have been if you had read it right away as many news sources would have corrected mistakes that might have gotten published. Despite the fact that you might see news a day old, you will be better informed as the amount of misinformation you receive will be minimalized.

So, please stop checking news the moment they come out, that way diminishing false information that is seen and read. Aside from that, another way would be to stop believing everything read on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter as this will lower your stress levels by making the world more manageable by lowerung the amount of information you're getting and will make you better informed, permitting you to form your own opinions, free of the bias found in news.

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The Public Opinion Isn't Always The Informed One

Political affiliation: popular opinion

If you have a political opinion, have an informed one.

Political affiliation: popular opinion.

You know those people that base their beliefs on whatever is ~trending~ in the political sphere instead of actually researching their information and arguing fully informed points?



OK. Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about that for a minute. Let’s talk about how some millennials climb ranks among social media armies that push an agenda based upon assumptions rather than facts. With that bandwagon game, comes a bunch of ill-advised keyboard warriors fighting for causes they know nothing about.

People see a tweet that is trending or a movement that they think should be supported when, in reality, it is watered down and based on lies. How can you build an argument with “facts” when you are never given the full story and are constantly tossed “fake news” in the first place?

This applies to Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and the like. A single side can't assume the blame when it falls on everyone involved in the political circle and those who refrain... but that’s another story for another day.

Those people who only share, like, and send messages they think will boost their followers or their likability are like the cockroaches compared to those who actually do their research and make informed decisions.

Now, I keep saying that a lot -- "informed." But how, exactly, do you weed the right information from the wrong?

Simple, usually you have to do some deeper digging. Listen to podcasts, search the internet outside of social media, and find people and sites that contain verifiable, reliable information. Follow your heart...or in this case, follow the truth.

Get familiar, and get involved. Change starts with informed voters.

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