You can’t trust your lying eyes

Via David Pescovitz, I came across something called the ‘morph cut’, a video editing technique that can be used to eliminate pauses, stutters, and filler words and provide for smoother-sounding interviews, unlike with a ‘jump cut’ where you can see the abrupt transition. But the catch is that if not done carefully, it can produce unexpected results, like in this clip where a child suddenly materializes behind the speaker.

The technique can also be used to deliberately distort, as with these famous clips of Richard Nixon.

It is getting to the point that we will need multiple sources in multiple formats to be sure that what we see actually happened.


  1. says

    We should discard the idea that photography is reality. It never was, and now it’s becoming more obvious. And why does it matter? It should never have been more than circumstantial evidence. Other than its use as evidence, photography is just entertainment.

  2. polishsalami says

    This comes at a time when many Labour supporters are absolutely livid over the BBC’s treatment of Jeremy Corbyn. Suspicion levels will be through the roof.

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