August 11th, 2017

A lie…

…gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its boots on.

And so does a faked photo on Twitter.

That “truth” quote is one of my favorite quotes, but I’m fascinated by how many versions of it exist, and how many people are reported to have been its originator. Sometimes it’s boots that are so slow to don, sometimes shoes, sometimes pants, sometimes breeches, and sometimes the truth is just mysteriously disabled and comes limping along.

8 Responses to “A lie…”

  1. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    At least they didn’t shop Chris Christie into that chair.

  2. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    You remind me of a story I read on FB this AM wherein a Democratic senator has been indicted for running a drug
    and prostitution operation on his private jet.
    The fact that someone I know re-posted it, and that so many people commented in a way that showed they believed it, was fascinating.
    It didn’t take much to know that the guy’s name was not one of a sitting senator.
    But everybody wanted to believe it.

  3. parker Says:

    “Well bad news travels like wildfire, good news travels slow, they all call me wildfire cuz everywhere I go I’m bad news…”

    Johnny Cash

    Anti-social media is a symptom of bad times. Rumors, gossip, propaganda, and lies. Same as it ever was, but measured in nano seconds not hours.

  4. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    A successful salesman once told me that people buy things they don’t need either out of fear or greed. I immediately rejected it as far too cynical but have since come to see there’s more than a bit of truth to it.

    I think that somewhat applies to lies. Whether we accept a lie as true or doubt its validity, I suspect has much to do with whether we want it to be true or fear, that it might be true.

  5. Ann Says:

    Please tell me this is fake news — Pres. Trump talking with the governor of Guam:

    “Don’t worry about a thing,” President Trump responded. “They should have had me eight years ago…I have to say, Eddie, you’re going to become extremely famous. All over the world they’re talking about Guam and they’re talking about you.”

    “And your tourism, I can say this, your tourism is going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you,” Trump can be heard saying over the phone. “It looks beautiful, you know I’m watching…it’s such a big story in the news. It just looks like a beautiful place.”

  6. J.J. Says:

    Do not believe anything you see that can be photo shopped. Computer graphics are so amazing now that almost anything can be faked. Talk about driverless cars and trucks, how about actor-less movies and TV shows? They’re coming. 🙁

  7. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    J.J.,

    Yes. No doubt they’ll come up with some clever catch phrase, like ‘realistic animation’ or ‘ani-realism’. But when you can’t trust your own eyes…

  8. DNW Says:

    Hello Neo,

    Busy week for all.

    Off topic

    I just now heard that Glenn Campbell, long suffering from Alzheimer’s had died on the 8th of this month

    There are probably many like me who remember him more as part of the TV atmosphere of our childhood or youth, than out of any extraordinary love for country music. Though he certainly had the cross-over hits, which seem to be burned into the late grammar and junior-high school layers of my brain.

    While looking at some YouTube vids I came across this – Wayfaring Stranger – which has also been excerpted in poorer video quality by several. It may be particularly appropriate.

    There are some guitarists here too, who would I think, admire the almost blues-samba inflected counterpoint which Jerry Reed weaves behind the melody line.

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