Pics Or It Didn’t Happen

I saw someone use the phrase “pics or it didn’t happen” on Facebook recently. It seems to me that, in our era of Photoshop, simply asking for pictures or other such evidence is not enough. One has to be able to discern the truth in a manner that takes into account the fact that photographs and even our own eyes may deceive us. The Speed Bump comic above seems to me to accompany the point nicely.


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  • brgulker

    It’s a meme. Take it too literally, it falls apart.

    • brgulker

      Or, I guess you could say that you need to take it very literally. “Pics” is really just shorthand for evidence. “Give me some good evidence, and I’ll believe you” just doesn’t sound as nice.

      • James F. McGrath

        Sure, but I think it has an element of the “I’ll believe it when I see it” stance, and I think that in our time we need to be aware that even seeing isn’t enough – we need to ask about the authenticity of what we are seeing, and the biases of those offering it to us as evidence.

  • Living Liminal

    This makes me think of Obi-Wan Kenobi trying to teach Luke to ‘use the force’. We need to learn to discern by the Spirit rather than trust our own natural senses.

  • Bruce Gerencser

    I am a serious amateur photographer. Any picture can be manipulated to distort reality. Even an untouched picture can present a distorted view of reality depending on depth of field, distance from subject, etc. in fact, with digital cameras, the picture is manipulated before it is ever loaded in Photoshop. The camera, depending on the settings, manipulates what the photographer “sees.”

    Some of my best photos were mistakes. :)

  • arcseconds

    I usually interpret this statement to mean ‘I want to see pictures because they will be cool’, not as a serious demand for evidence.