“Now, yet another front has opened up in the battle against deception. Technology has advanced to such a degree that the adage ‘seeing is believing’ is no longer a guarantor of veracity. So, accept nothing on face value.”—Tim Bayer
Won Over By Reality
By Tim Bayer
BRIGHTON New York—(Weekly Hubris)—June 2018—These days, identifying deception and outright lies requires . . . engaging your brain. It may also require a little research using credible sources to verify what’s on offer as factual. However, climate change deniers, the anti-vaccination contingent, and lying politicians are easily exposed as just wrong when confronted with . . . just facts.
Now, yet another front has opened up in the battle against deception. Technology has advanced to such a degree that the adage “seeing is believing” is no longer a guarantor of veracity. So, accept nothing at face value.
Take a look at this video:
This is an early implementation using some cutting-edge technology that is still in its infancy. However, it won’t be long before this technology matures to the point where the subtle video glitches and rendering errors will be gone. A smooth, error-free, HD video of any event, promoting any agenda, will be possible.
What can you do?
Engage your brain! Fact check! Do not take a video, a Tweet, or a Facebook post as immediately credible—EVER! Engage your brain in the same way you would when someone tells a lie to your face. Challenge what you see and hear. Does what’s before you seem reasonable, or do you smell a rat? Then, verify the veracity using independent, unbiased, and credible sources.
Win the battle. Stay woke!