It is an opinion and not necessarily mine. If you like to use effects it's your choice and I wouldn't use it to report from a scene. On the other hand "authenticity" is something worth to discuss. Maybe we can take this as a starting point. Of course: your mileage may vary.
Guardian :: ... for me, the Instagram/Hipstamatic/Snapseed etc filters are the antithesis of creativity. They make all pictures look the same. They require no thought or creative input: one click and you're done. There's an interesting discussion that suggests the aim is to make our photographs stand out among the zillion or so that get posted every day: are we striving for an authenticity in an age when the sheer quantity of images by definition devalues our pictures?
An opinion by Kate Bevan, www.guardian.co.uk
HT: Mathew Ingram