I don’t really understand the “need” for realness – that’s just a Ru Paul meme, isn’t it?
Kinda questions what “realness” is.
I see self expression as a need, like food and shelter. Deny that and you stifle creativity, a fundamental human strength. The comedian Rowan Atkinson puts it extremely eloquently.
“Realness” is just a form of self expression.
Everything is computer generated on the internet – as one observant poster said, the very cameras we use manipulate the pictures we take in software – it’s how digital cameras work.
Even if you scanned a photo, it becomes digitised and manipulated.
There’s no black and white governing “realness”, but either self expression is limited via censorship or it’s not.
A picture of your legs is not really you – you’re hiding “you” and just displaying a part you want people to see.
An image of my face that I have manipulated to my taste, however, is an artistic expression of how I see myself and how I feel.
In a sense, it’s more a real picture of me than a part of my anatomy.