Deception Have things really changed?

According to Merriam-Webster.com (2017), Deception, a form of communication, is defined as "the act of causing someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid". Dictionary.com (2017) has the concept of Deception originating from 1400-1450; late Middle English, Old French and late Latin era. Basically we've been lying to each other for a very long time. The reality is that communication is the essence of what is right and wrong with our society and it is our choice whether or not to respond emotionally or react accordingly.

Change in what society considers normal is inevitable and necessary to some extent. Today, people of all ages seem to have an opinion on an endless number of subject matters. Technology has most certainly changed the way we communicate with each other. What used to take minutes, hours or days now takes mearly seconds or minutes from beginning to end.

For instance, the art of the hand written letter is arguably no longer common place in today's society. The only time I literally communicate in cursive writing is when I sign my name on the dotted line. Theoretically my signature could be mistaken for a signature of some importance. By that I mean my hand written alphabetical skills have basically evolved into two scribbles that only I can recognize. In law enforcement we call this form of communication a perishable skill. In other words if I don't write cursive on a consistent basis I will eventually lose my unique written skill set all together.

In today's society social media has all but replaced our everyday hand written practices. People of all ages have found a way to compete on a level playing field where written deception is commonly accompanied with visual filters. Video format's are often embedded with subliminal messages and/or Innuendo's. Sometimes I find it difficult to tell the difference between what is real and what is manufactured. For example older people often describe themselves online as younger and more attractive while younger people often described themselves as more mature and appealing.

There is current technology out there that can actually manipulate the movements, sounds and facial expressions of a person without their knowledge. A simple image on a computer can be extracted without authorization while a person is asleep or preoccupied. In a matter of minutes someone can actually create a fraudulent video of a person creating a felony or saying something they never actually said. Unfortunately the power of deception on the world wide web has to often led to harmful decisions because of what other people perceive to be the truth about someone else. One could say that's about as harmful as a Dear John letter from a wife to a husband serving over seas in the military. Both of these instances can be considered a result of deception and unwarranted perception.

By contrast, I am proud to admit that I grew up in a time where an element of respect and dignity was still considered the norm. I grew up as a young man before the invention of the cell phone, the internet and the computer. I remember watching Elvis, James Brown and The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. Deception was not as easy to hide behind back then. Subliminal messages were new back then but they were few and far between.

By comparison, deception back in the day would be like having a young girl pad her bra with tissue in order to create an illusion of maturity and sensuality. In many cases the initial appearance would have a stimulating effect. The visual power of the imagination created by this illusion would produce an abundance of happy thoughts and endorphins. Eventually the bra comes off and the projection of the stuffing comes flying out and lands in the throat of the unsuspecting victim. The end result is that he end's up dying of suffocation and bewilderment because of his weakness.

So, if you had a choice of which type of deception you would rather endure, which would it be? The physical option of surprise or the non-physical mental option of the web? As for me, I would prefer the one-on-one physical option and take my chances with the pleasantries. In my experience, good old fashion values can never be replaced.

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Bobby Olgin
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Robert Olgin-Italy 2001

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