Truth in the Age of Photoshop

Seeing is no longer believing.

Burgers are never as big or juicy as they appear on fast-food menus. Celebrities aren’t as fit—or flawless. And, as this Iranian missile test image proved last month, you can’t really trust news agency photos either.

So what does constitute the truth in the Photoshop age? And what do people believe any more?

Filmmaker Errol Morris (“Fog of War,” “Mr. Death”) has written a provocative essay on the subject for The New York Times this week. And if you’re into “fauxtography,” it’s a must read.

Print it out and take it with you on your next business trip—or stuff a copy in your beach bag. If you enjoy the piece as much as I did, be sure to read the essay Morris wrote last fall on Crimean canon balls, too. (Really.)