But one can also manipulate conventional photos using a scanner and Photoshop. And (for example) the advertising industry, tabloids, & school yearbook publishers have been retouching pics long before digital image editing came along.
Anyhow, the problem in journalism is not technology, but integrity (i.e., 9th Commandment). E.g., I recently read that in the '60s, one news organization staged a student protest to make a good headline.
There is a controversy wrt digital cameras and journalistic integrity. Once we take film and negatives out of photography, the veracity of photojournalism can be called into question. If you do some research on the net, you'll see that some are concerned about digital cameras and their role in news and reporting. Digital cameras make it easier to manipulate the images and without film to 'prove' the original shot, truth may become even easier to conceal.
For personal use, I like mine. I can email pictures to other people without the expense of developing pictures.
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