The digital age of photography has turned me off to post processing. My limited formal education in art and photography started well after the digital revolution. My instructor insisted we learn the basics using a single black and white roll of film per assignment. Each assignment had a theme and 2-3 different criteria. These criteria ranged from specific subjects to compositions, etc. All photographs were developed and processed by hand in our tiny lab. You had to present a selected number of your photographs (6? IIRC) to the class and justify how the met the assignment criteria.
Yeah, I know I sound like a crusty old shit who had to walk uphill both ways to go to school. Yadda, yadda, yadda. The adjustments I made during development were post processing and I'm a hypocrite. But, I don't see a lot of the post processing in today's media as positive. Insert Blank Here Porn has become an internet staple. But, I see many of these images as overly edited parodies of a scene/subject.
I've noticed is that a good portion of these images are overly stylized or over saturated, and lose a lot of beauty/meaning for me. This rings especially true when presented by amateurs or the inexperienced. The post processing comes off to me as overwhelming the subject rather than enhancing it. I think post processing shouldn't be noticed by the viewer unless its done in an intriguing or original way that gives the viewer something else to ponder.
I would love to learn more about post processing to grow myself. I could very well be talking out of my ass.