I have very little experience with involving edited images. In fact, the only program I have ever used is Adobe Illustrator during a training session for my job. The class was basically a very broad quick overview of how to use the program, so I feel as though I did not get too much out of it. However, I did use the little knowledge I had to make a Christmas card with a Pokemon (Snorlax-for my cousin) on it. Mastering the art of editing images in Programs like Adobe Photoshop have always been a goal of mine. I feel like learning how to use these programs as a tool would come in handy in whatever career I might pursue.
Within in the Coleman, the author tells the history of what the world to refer to today as internet Trolls. Trolls have been always edited images whether it to be to add two lines of text, one on the top and one on the bottom, or to completely alter the image all together to make it appear in a different setting or changing the meaning of the photo. While memes, virally shared images that get passed around between internet communities, are generally harmless, meaning they just have the intention to make the viewer laugh, many internet trolls make racist or sexist images that can be very offensive towards a specific community or individual. While the mainstream internet is still determining on how to deal with harmful/hateful trolls, there is no doubt that edited images in the forms of memes will continue to be passed around in internet communities whether it be about political issues/candidates, that anyone can relate to, or ethnic/class related, that only those of a specific community can relate too, in order to make any individual laugh just a little.
Edited images are used as a form of comedy. The image above is an edited version of Nicholas Cage that makes his face extremely small compared to his head. The blog that it’s from does this with many different celebrities just for the sake of comedy.