Saturday, 2 February 2013

The Art of Lying

Well now an election is looming. We're about to be inundated with spin from all the political parties. We hear people expressing their concern over attack ads, and yet others are professing that they work, and all parties will use them.

The first one I have been hearing is about the NDP. The Liberals just can't let go of the Fast Ferries. Telling us about 460 million spent on them. Only 20 million returned with the sale. But someone told me that building those ferries in BC resulted in that 460 million being spent WITHIN BC by the shipyard workers. The BC Liberals sent 430 million to Germany to build three more. ALL of those millions went into German workers' pockets! So which is better?

drill core samples
I heard one the other day disguised as a news story. They were talking about the Chinese mine with the imported Chinese miners, and how the unions have fouled it up for everyone. Because the company, HD Mines International, has taken their initial 30 Chinese miners home again. They talked about the start-up and how they needed to analyse the drill core samples. The Mayor of Tumbler Ridge expressed concern that the unions had caused the stop of construction of homes up there. The construction company owner said the work may not be completed. This was news. They even had a woman holding up a nice shiny piece of black marble that might have been a sample for a kitchen counter. Now I am not sure if you know what a drill core sample looks like, but my memory tells me they are cylinders of granite like rock, not polished flat slabs of marble.

Well was that lying to sneak a stealth message into the newscast?
During that very morning a spokeswoman for the mining company had been on the radio to say the reason the mine stopped work was that they needed to return the drill core samples to China for analysis. This was standard procedure. They would resume production in about one month.
One would assume that the story about the unions screwing up the production was way too good to dump for the truth if you are inclined to favor the Liberals. So the TV station went ahead with it.  Was that the art of lying?

So now we have Probit, a firm owned by Ekos, a public polling company, about to make Robo calls about the election to every person in BC! At an estimated cost of half a million dollars! Suspected to be paid for by the pro-Liberal group calling themselves Concerned Citizens for BC.  (who knows where they are getting the money?) But that's not for sure, they could be calling on behalf of the NDP. They are going to be calling you and asking questions about your vote anyway.

In case you didn't know, you are under NO obligation to reveal any correct answers to ANY polling company. EVER. Indeed, if these kinds of calls bug you at all, this is where the art of lying comes in. It's your teeny finger-poke back at corporate and political manipulation.

Questions may be, 'Who will you vote for?' 'If you're Liberal and will you vote Liberal again?' 'Is the government doing well in your opinion?' 'Who did you vote for last time and who will you vote for this time?' 'Is the present leader popular with you?' 'Is the government on the right track?'
We saw a huge furor in the East during the last general election over Robo calls harassing people.

Robo calls are computer generated automatically dialed phone calls with a message. If you don't answer, they could call you back forever. Forever. But you can fight back. Take the call.    Lie.     All political polls are similar. They seek information ahead of something so the poll indicates a direction for the client to proceed on. The client being the political party who commissions the poll. The results may not be in favor of what the party wants, but polls can tell you how to go ahead and influence the public opinion. Or how to stab your opponent in the back.

So you can lie. And this is apolitical. It spans the process. If you want more calls about polling, go ahead and tell the truth. You will be validating the poll. If you want less then go ahead a fudge the truth. If you are going to vote Liberal, tell them NDP. Greens going to get your X? Tell them Conservatives are your choice. Are you man or woman? Change gender for a day. Your salary? Go ahead, put yourself into that cloudy tax bracket! Ethnic background? Tell them you're Ainu, the Japanese still don't even know who they are! You might hang up the phone with a grin on your face.

voter versus pollster
Do you see? By telling the pollster a lie, you are diminishing the validity of polling! It applies to street polls too. They don't know you, you don't know them, so look them straight in the eye and fib a fabrication. Why are you obligated to be truthful? You could be doing a great thing by eliminating polls altogether because they begin to have no impact. And besides, a lot of people don't trust them already. Some can predict the results of certain poll companies before their conclusion.

So telling the truth to an anonymous person or a political Robocop on the phone is a non starter for me. It's none of their business how I am thinking. As long as they have paper votes I will be putting my X on the candidate who looks prettiest and has nice eyes, man or woman. And it's none of the political party's business if I am gay or straight, black or white, alien or human.

In the polling booth I am honest. Outside when asked, I am a political prevaricator. Almost sounds important, doesn't it?

It's the Art of Lying and it works for the politicians, why shouldn't it work for you?

1 comment:

  1. Well said hopefully everyone will do this.


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