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Do Good: How Design Can Change the World by R.G.D. David B. Berman FGDC

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Chapter 9. How to Lie, How to Tell the Truth

How to Lie, How to Tell the Truth

Monstrous shopping cart pushing popular brands for Spinneys supermarket, highway to Beirut

 

“I have not observed men’s honesty to increase with their riches.”

 
 --THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826)

OUR SOCIETY HAS A LEGAL CODE that is based on words. We’re trained to recognize word-based lies. The most subtle of inaccurate innuendo in words uttered by a politician can resonate for many news cycles or even end a career.

But because of our relatively low visual literacy, it’s not as obvious to us when images have been cleverly strung together to create a visual lie. When a sentence is made up of pictures, and the ...

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