Tuesday, April 24, 2018
I take a powder for the truth
Be careful. You are on the Internet. Everyone here is lying to you.
Your "friends" on facebook, The Guardian Online and the New York Times, the food bloggers with their sumptuous pictures, Reddit, the artists, the people selling and the people pretending not to sell. All lies.
And you keep your eye out for it. You think you're wise. Don't we all think we're wise? But as you keep your eyes on the lies they get you on the rebound: uncovering a lie you spotted with the help of a lie spotter is a lie itself. The opposite of a lie is not the truth. Art is not the truth. Skepticism is not seeing.
"So, what?" You cry out. "Do we believe nothing? Should I give up the Internet?"
Of course you should.
"Well what about you? What about this. Is this clerkmanifesto all lies then?" You ask.
"Hello?" You ask.