The Halting Point

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

HP cameras have option to make you look thinner, more insecure.

HP now offers a feature on their cameras that allow digital slimming. Basically you take a picture, select the function, and it squashes the middle of the image to make you look thinner supposedly. Based on the before/after shots above, I wouldn't say its worth its weight in gold (no pun intended). However what WOULD be interesting to see is how many people on internet dating sites this will disappoint and enrage when they find out their date took all her photos with one of these babys and is 10 lbs. heavier than advertised.

I mean, I understand we all want to look good for people, but do you really want to be known as someone who only looks good when viewed in a digitally altered photo? I mean, if you are one of the individuals with low self-esteem who is considering purchasing this camera, perhaps there are better ways you could spend your money, such as joining a health club, buying excercise equipment, seeing a therapist...the list goes on.

Or how about we take it to the other end of the spectrum since people who buy these cameras for this feature are obviously not too interested in actually WORKING at looking better and losing weight. Why not start saving up for liposuction and a tummy tuck? We know how guilty you are of constantly changing channels between MTV and The Plastic Surgery channel.

If you know of someone guilty of using one of these, please don't laugh directly to their faces as that might cause them to have an emotional breakdown that could potentially lead to them running to the nearest restroom to purge. Instead, compliment them on their extra meat, make a negative remark about how models are too skinny anyway and then quietly spread the word amongst people that this person is insecure, has low self-esteem and zero work ethic.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for supporting overweight people who want to lose weight and ACTUALLY WORK AT IT, but this is one of the most pathetic things I've seen in a long time and my heart truly goes out to those people who are mentally weak enough to feel the need to buy a camera with this feature.

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