A cautionary tale concerning image libraries.
On the magazine I work for, we do use photographers but we also buy some of our pictures from a popular image library for £60 a pop. Recently, to illustrate a feature about debt, we downloaded a (presumably manipulated) photograph of a mousetrap that had as its base a credit card - metaphorically showing the dangers of credit. I would love to show you the image here on the blog but that would cost me £60, so I'm afraid you'll have to use your imagination.
Anyway, we placed the credit card/mousetrap image on page and it wasn't until much later, when I was doing the final corrections, that I noticed the name on the credit card: Mr Hugh Jassdetter. Read it quickly and it sounds suspiciously like 'huge-assed debtor'. A little joke on the part of whoever originally Photoshopped the image? I think so. And one that all our proofreaders had failed to spot.
Our art guru quickly changed the name on the credit card to 'Mr Hugh Dassdetter' - which we felt was less likely to cause offence among our more sensitive readers. Another embarrassment narrowly avoided by the production desk...
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