Since 2006, I have conducted several surveys exploring the opinions and attitudes of journalists, editors, photographers, and the general public concerning digital ethics. This year's survey goes a little deeper into perceptions relating to the use of digitally altered International news pictures and images covering U.S. news.
Public trust in the so-called "objectivity" of news has been undermined by the ease in which images can be altered, but there is also another ethical issue that requires attention -- compassion fatique. A recent image of a man caught up in the conflict in the Ukraine is shown in flames. According to the Globe and Mail in Canada, there were only a handful of people who objected to the image.
How images if carnage and chaos, manipulated or not, does it take make people care in a society that seems to demand objectivity from its sources of information but lives in a time where relativism rules supreme.