Cultivating lies

One of the challenges of the information revolution are legally correct lies, disinformation and fake news.

legally correct lie

A published disinformation that is difficult or impossible to prove wrong because it does not contain any flagrant lie.

It is of course legally allowed to ignore certain aspects of reality when you publish something. If it would be a crime to publish incomplete information, nobody would dare to publish anything. The right to emphasize some chosen aspects of reality and to ignore certain others is part of our human rights.


False or misleading information that is spread deliberately to deceive.

fake news

A piece of news that looks reliable but actually is disinformation.

information revolution

The revolutionary economic, social and technological changes caused by advances in information technology.

“78% of job applicants lie and 66% of hiring managers don’t care!” (according to an internal research led by Checkster, a provider of web-based talent decision tools who offers help with “weeding out charlatans in the hiring process” and “guard against unethical behavior in your team”.

Instagram influencer Katie Sorensen caused much trouble because she proclaimed what she knew to be true: The Karen Who Cried Kidnapping. How one unsuspecting craft-loving mom got tangled in an influencer’s viral yarn.

See The Liar King Award for my collection of examples.