Saturday 19 March 2011

Markets in Everything - TSA goggles edition

Ever wonder what your Facebook friends look like naked? Well, now there's an app for that.

FalseFlesh, which bills itself as "adult image editing software," claims to be "like X-ray vision" and to allow you to "see what your friends look like naked." More accurately, it helps you to paste someone's head onto someone else's nude body. It also offers the modern equivalent of the mirror on the shoe, declaring that it lets you see under fabric "by filtering out gamma/infrared rays of light and allows for the visual enhancement of breasts and nipples creating a see through effect." FalseFlesh is hardly the first program to allow you to do this -- there's this thing called Photoshop? -- but it's certainly one of the only ones to market itself for that express purpose. And the promotional angle is the really interesting thing here (yes, aside from the nudity, pervs).
So says Salon, via Slate. The links seem worksafe. But Googling the software's name probably isn't.

At the margin, this neither increases nor decreases my likelihood of joining Facebook (very low).

Have the software buyers no imagination?

One of the clients quoted on Salon said he used the software to manipulate the syllabus picture of one of his psychology professors. I doubt this software will ever be used to manipulate the pictures of economics professors.

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