Thursday, July 10, 2008

Iran Has One Missle Too Many!

In the four-missile version of the image released Wednesday by Sepah News, the media arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, two major sections (encircled in red) appear to closely replicate other sections (encircled in orange). (Illustration by The New York Times; photo via Agence France-Presse)
Apparently the Iranians know how to use Photoshop:
As news spread across the world of Iran’s provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison. Unfortunately, it appeared to contain one too many missiles, a point that had not emerged before the photo was used on the front pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, and many other major news Web sites.
Here's what the original photo actually looked like:

To celebrate the Iranians' skill in using Photoshop, Gizmodo is holding a Photoshop contest to give Iran even more fake technological advancements:
You want to impress us, Iran? Let's see some serious tech power. We'll help. Your challege, Gizmodians, is to use Photoshop to create some sweet Iranian propaganda, showing their technological advancements that are heretofore unseen.

Create images of Iran showing off its new tech, then send your brilliant results to with "Iran Tech" in the subject line. I'll take the best submissions, choose some winners and show off the results in our Gallery of Champions next Tuesday. Get propagandizing!


1 comment:

thinking said...

While this seems kind of comical, it does highlight a serious issue: how one can accurately analyze the state of weapons development, or much anything else, in these totalitarian regimes.

We got burned by this once with regards to Iraq; let's hope we don't make the same mistake with regards to Iran.

This is one reason why we simply do not need someone like John McCain, who spouted off with such false bravado this week when news of the Iranian missile tests hit the airwaves. How ironic that it turns out that the Iranian tests have turned out to be phony.