Somethings are easy to tell if they are a lie, whereas others may be difficult to tell. Deceptions come in many different forms. As technologies have become ever more sophisticated and easily available, we’ve allowed ourselves to be duped at any moment in time. When new information becomes available, whether on social media, news forums, or on search engines, our antennae go up and it seems like they need to be constantly kept up.
For example, what if I wrote that I had a chance to visit one of my favorite planets, Pluto, with my wife and we stayed in a giant fish bowl? Unless this was written for a science fiction novel, the chance of this story being true is very slim. On the other hand, if I write that my wife and I had a chance to visit Staten Island and saw the Statue of Liberty, the probability of the statement being true is very high. We have photo editors to manipulate as if we have visited there.
I suppose the next phase of technological advancement could be better forms of verification. To verify whether my wife and I actually visited Pluto or Staten Island, a verifier would need to beam themselves up physically to my location, like-you-know-which TV show. Then document, fingerprint us and put a stamp on it that a statement was true. However, whether I would receive a verifier or not is entirely another matter.
-Yukio Kevin Iraha