The latest PBS Off Book episode, dubbed Photoshop Has Changed the World, takes a look at several aspects of the impact of digital image editing on illustration, retouching and online popular culture. It’s a brief but worthy effort, although there’s more to all this than simply Photoshop. For example, one can agree with the claim that, ‘With the ability to alter any image in the media landscape, everyday people now have the means to critically comment on culture and spread their ideas virally, leveling the playing field between traditional media creators and consumers.’ But those ‘everyday people’ are for the most part not creating wacky cat photos with a product that sells for $699.

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