Today, liars and deceivers are everywhere. I’ve seen them in almost every facet of my life. Those who lie to sell something, those who lie on their resume, those who lie to convince you of something. I refuse to lie on most occasions though I have lied before and I am not against the white lie, but I refuse to lie on my resume, lie to convince someone of something (non-white lie to protect them), or lie to sell.
Deception is also rampant. In many ways we can blame media for this, as all of our TV shows involves someone lying or deceiving someone as the plot twist. It’s annoying and frustrating when it is replicated and the lie is perpetuated.
This post isn’t supposed to be a political one, but I will use a "political figure" (used this term very loosely here) as my primary example of a liar. Donald Trump is currently our media’s biggest headline, and he is a liar on nearly all fronts. During the 2016 Presidential Debates, he would constantly shout "False!" or "Lie" or "Wrong" when a statement was made against him, but the statement was more often than not, in fact, true. It goes to say that there is little to no accountability in what people do or say, when a claim can be refuted without consequence. There was no one to say: "No, you’re wrong" on his outbursts so viewers are left with weighing the truth of the speaker vs the truth of the denier. Fox News is constantly using this tactic to promote it’s agenda, as are all the other media outlets.
Without accountability, the whole system collapses.
We are living in an age where accountability is being thrown straight out the window. Where history is made by the last one speaking. We cannot allow ourselves to fall down this path where we can say whatever we want and get away with it. We need some type of immediate fact check and system to ensure that when someone is wrong or lying they are held accountable for it, immediately.
I don’t believe that a "test" would work. I know people who lied on their resumes and were given a test only to get the job in the end. A test adds friction to the system and I propose a system without friction. Perhaps a bar at the bottom of a news screen to show the percentage of chance that a given statement is true or not. Perhaps Amazon Echo or Alexa or whatever AI system is used in the home will refute a lie for us. The way our system is evolving is full of lies and waste, distractions and deceptions. I believe we need to move away from it ourselves, and shame those who use such tactics to gain advantage.