Tell Me Sweet Little Lies
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Tell Me Sweet Little Lies
In a world full of lies, deception and falsity-what are we to believe anymore?
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Green Screen or Reality?

When watching television shows or movies, the background images of city attractions and buildings always appear bigger and better than they actually are in real life, begging the question if such structures are actually real or not? As this video proves, both television and film display digital deceptions that look to be real onscreen to the viewer but in reality, it is simply a green screen. It is no wonder then that so many background images featured in popular television shows and movies always appear to be so similar. It is also quite ironic that even though a setting may be set in New York City, the actors are actually on a sound stage infront of a green screen across the country in Los Angeles! This video proves the digital deception that the media displays and forces us to wonder what in the media actually is real?   

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Dove Evolution

This video has been shown in many of my mass communication classes and is an excellent depiction of visual deception. Looking within the media, there appears to be an ideal notion of beauty that the dominant media powers force upon women but as this video proves, this beauty cannot be achieved without the magic of Photoshop. It is unrealistic but because many young girls and women are so pressured to achieve this beauty, they strive for this perfection through drastic measures such as extreme dieting and plastic surgeries. It is so unfair for women as they are being lied to by the media to conform to this ideal image that is almost impossible to achieve since what they are shown is ultimately technically altered. Watching this video allows us to see the visual deception that is involved within the media  and all the work that goes into making a visual appear the way we see it in its final form. 

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Are Kids Copying Their Parents When They Lie? -- New York Magazine

Are Kids Copying Their Parents When They Lie? -- New York Magazine | Tell Me Sweet Little Lies | Scoop.it

It is not uncommon for children to lie no matter how young they may be. They lie to their parents about not hitting their sibling, not eating the cookie or not breaking a valuable. Parents preach to their children why they shouldn't lie but interestingly enough as this article proves, it is the child's parents who they learn lying from best. According to the article,"Kids lie early, often, and for all sorts of reasons—to avoid punishment, to bond with friends, to gain a sense of control. But now there’s a singular theory for one way this habit develops: They are just copying their parents. Encouraged to tell so many white lies and hearing so many others, children gradually get comfortable with being disingenuous. Insincerity becomes, literally, a daily occurrence. They learn that honesty only creates conflict, and dishonesty is an easy way to avoid conflict". So although parents teach their children not to lie, at the same time they are also encouraging it by not only teaching them white lies but also lying to their own children or lying through interactions with others that their children catch onto. As ironic as it may sound, it also makes complete sense and is not surprising considering the amount of lies we tell daily that in turn become repeated by our children. 

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Spying for Lying: Patti Woods Reads the Body Language of Casey Anthony on the Dr. Drew Show

Spying for Lying: Patti Woods Reads the Body Language of Casey Anthony on the Dr. Drew Show | Tell Me Sweet Little Lies | Scoop.it

The body language of an individual is one of the best indicators as to whether or not a person is lying. Casey Anthony's body language was highly analyzed thorughout her trial as her body language truly showed aspects of her behavior and personae that contradicted how she wanted to make herself appear to the audience. Though she repeatedly expressed the "sadness" she felt for her daughter's death, her facial expressions looked as if they were forced and she was nothing more than an act. Many watching the Casey Anthony trial caught onto this and because of her body language, most assumed that she was ultimately guilty. As we all know, she was somehow found innocent yet looking at her body language, it is hard to believe such a verdict. 

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Casey Anthony's Web of Deception

When discussing the topic of deception, it seems nobody has played the role of deciever most recently better than Casey Anthony. Though her trail of lies soon caught up with her in court and she herself even admitted later on to lying, her biggest possible lie of all (not killing her daughter Caylee) saved her from her own death. This clip is extremely interesting because it explains how Casey was able to become such a great liar and decieve all those around her for many years and then describes the ways in which we as an audience are able to see that she is lying through both her words and nonverbal behaviors (focusing especially on her macro and micro expressions). Casey Anthony represents a lie detector's dream from the outside looking in and she is the subject of other topics dealing with lying that are also discussed on this page.

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"Balloon Boy" Falcon Henne Admits: "We Did This For The Show"

Live coverage of a helium balloon with fears that a little boy was inside of it had millions of people glued to their televisions hoping for the best. Little did we all know, we were being completely fooled by a family hoping to get their 15 minutes of fame which that they did and more. The Heene family devised a scheme that featured a gas balloon filled with helium traveling 7,000 feet into the atmosphere with the fear that their 6-year-old boy was trapped inside the balloon. After the balloon landed and the boy was not inside, authorities feared he had fallen from the balloon but was later found to be hiding in his attic the whole time. The case of course attracted media attention which pegged the little boy as the "balloon boy". Though the country initially believed the story to be true, it wasn't until an interview with the family on CNN in which the little boy said to his father, "You guys said that, um, we did this for the show", causing his father to become extremely nervous as evidenced by his shaky and stuttering voice. The incident was soon reported to be a hoax as it fooled the entire country and all media outlets making society appear to be quite dumb based upon what we initially believed. However, that is what makes a hoax a good hoax and even though the Henne family was soon caught in their lie, they nonetheless proved successful for the time being. 

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Game Play-The Art of Cheating

Ahh yes, Las Vegas-a city like no other full of glitz, glam, and yes, cheating (of various forms I might add). It is almost impossible for one to travel to Vegas without engaging in a game of poker or a similar gambling game. For one to win thousands of dollars, it is almost necessary to be a poker pro and for many, this includes knowing how to cheat in a way that can earn one a significant amount of cash. This can include engaging in casino cheat moves like cheat champ Richard Marcus demonstrates on the clip or even just simply lying through facial expressions that may throw off the opponent. Poker is a game in which lying is necessary and almost expected and as Marcus explains, cheating in poker and other gambling games is a necessity for many as well.    

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Should celebrities sell photos of their babies? The Ethics Guy responds.

As we all know, seeing the "authentic" pictures of a celebrity marriage or their newborn children on the cover of a magazine is a big deal to many who follow celebrity culture. They can't wait to see pictures of what the celebrity bride wore or how beautiful the celebrity newborn child is. To us, it's something entertaining to look at but to the celebrities, its a huge money maker and often these celebrities shop around various magazines to assure that they recieve the most amount of money possible for either their own profit or charity. When hearing how much these celebrities get paid to show a few pictures of their big day or holding their newborn, it is quite astounding. For example, Brad Pitt and Angelia Jolie reportedly recieved $14 million to have their picture of twins Knox and Vivienne on the cover of People magazine. So is it ethical for celebrities to recieve this amount of money for a simple few pictures of their children? According to Dr. Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy, it is wrong for celebrities to sell photos of their babies, even if the money goes to charity, arguing that it is contributing to the degradation of our culture and exploits these children who have no choice in the matter. When speaking of ethics, one can disagree with Weinstein arguing that it is ethical because many in society request to see such pictures and will continue buying these magazines that feature brides and babies on the cover, no matter how much celebrities get paid. This is what makes ethics so interesting because what may be ethical to one may be completely unethical to another and this is no different when discussing this particular topic. 

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Lie detectors to be trialled at UK airport without passengers knowing

Lie detectors to be trialled at UK airport without passengers knowing | Tell Me Sweet Little Lies | Scoop.it

In airports today, security seems to be quite a joke. Security officials don't want to make it appear as if they are stereotyping certain individuals by taking them aside for further inspection so they take those who appear "non-threatening" aside like 85 year old women and let those who may be a foreign terrorist through without further questioning. Doesn't seem to make sense does it? Well now the UK has come up with a solution that they believe will help to identify those who may not be telling the truth through a deception detection technique that will be used in interviews with customs officers or at passport control to verify if people are telling the truth about their intentions to enter the country. According to the article, "the thermal imaging cameras are designed to pick up subtle changes in a person’s temperature – usually increased blood flow and more heat around the eyes – that might indicate they are not telling the truth, scientists claim. The video observations are then fed through to a computer database that stores specific facial expressions and blood flow patterns associated with lying". Since the article is so recent (September 2011), only time will tell whether this technique really can work or if it may just be similar to a lie detector which may not always generate the accurate truth due to a person's nerves. Like the lie detector test, even if a person may be innocent their nervous system depicts a contradiction that will signal that they are guilty. It will thus be interesting to see how this new form of detection deception actually works and if it will truly help a country's security.

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The Buzz: Celebs reveal imperfections

It was so refreshing to view this clip to see that celebs really do have imperfections and that they are not as perfect as they seemingly appear thanks to the wonders of Photoshop. This clip fits into the topic of "Truth Telling" as it discusses the choice of celebrities such as Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson to reveal and show that they too have imperfections just as we all do. Unlike many other celebrities however, these starlets chose to display such truths and show these imperfections to the public-a choice that many celebrities would absolutely refuse to do. Who could blame some of them though? I mean, have you seen some stars without makeup? Yikes. 

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