"But why does it matter? He didnít move elements around in the photo, nor burn elements out of existence.

It matters because we are essentially saying as a society that reality isnít real enough to garner our attention. That the photo wasnít intended as a factual statement."

The quote above shows that the author's argument is skewed from the start. He's happy to confuse the verisimilitude of the photograph with the actuality of the event, a move which leads us quickly to a dead end. Since when is adjusting a curve or applying a mask tantamount to destroying the factual basis of a photograph? What about the inherent shortcomings of the specific camera to adequately represent "reality"? Should we not create custom profiles to get a more accurate and pleasing color rendition to our photographs lest we are criticized for being less real? Stupid article.