The cover story of the new Time magazine is about the current troubles of the Republican party. To illustrate it, they've taken a historical photo of Ronald Reagan's face and Photoshopped in a tear, as if he's crying. It seems kind of creepy to alter actual photos of people (especially recently deceased ones) to illustrate a symbolic point. I don't think this is as bad as the commercials that use footage of dead actors to sell present-day products, which is I think is really vulgar (remember Fred Astaire dancing with the Hoover?). But it's still vaguely unsettling. To accomplish the same idea they could have commissioned an illustration, and then the "unreality" would have been obvious. Here's a story on it with the cover image: http://www.designdrivethru.net What do other people think of this phenomenon?