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It seems like only yesterday that we were dealing with the controversy surrounding Time magazine’s use of the OJ Simpson mug shot. That was when he was arrested for murder. Time and Newsweek both ran covers, but Time’s version was altered by artist Matt Mahurin to look darker and…more sinister. Accused of racism and poor journalistic ethics, Time’s then-managing editor James Gaines had to issue an apology. In many ways the episode marked the coming of age of digital imaging technology, sparking much debate over the sanctity of reality in photographs. Now we have a new OJ mug shot to deal with. What a strange world we live in. I assume that all news outlets will just run picture just as it was distributed by the Las Vegas police.
–David Schonauer