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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Studies

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The technology of photographic image manipulation has evolved faster than our ability to consider its implications. This thesis looks at the recent evolution of image manipulation, which some regard as a "revolution." The various stages of technological progression are examined using examples according to Brian Winston's model of technological change. These stages include: scientific competence, ideation, prototypes, supervening necessity, invention, the 'law' of the suppression of radical potential, and technological performance. A review of literature on the topic of photography in communication is included as well as an examination of the early photographers who used image manipulation in their work. A discussion of the "revolution" theory verses the "steady progression over time" theory is presented. The thesis concludes with a discussion on the impact of the current technological capabilities upon the viewers, which results in a change in our understanding of photographic reality.


Argument; Change; Communication; Image; Manipulation; Photographic; Progression; Revolution; Technological

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Educational technology; Information science; Mass media

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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