Lying By Omission? We May Never Get “The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth” Ever Again

I recently read one of those thought-provoking articles that are so good at hitting that special subliminal sweet spot that’s responsible for opening the floodgates to insight and its creative aha moments.

The article is titled “The video selfie that changed the world” written by Shelly Palmer, the well-known Tech and Digital media guru.

The article is about the young lady who started a live broadcast from Facebook on her phone, in her car, as her boyfriend lay dying shot by a policeman. The world watched as he regrettably and conspicuously died while the phone streamed it live for the world to see.

I’m sorry for her loss. I’m sorry for her boyfriend and yes, I’m sorry for the policeman.

The article is not only about that. It’s about Facebook and its new live streaming option.

With that said:

This is not a political article.

This article will serve as a warning to the world that the 4th horseman of the apocalypse has arrived.

You had Social media, cameras on the phone, videos on the phone and now you have live broadcasts, through the Facebook, on the phone.

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.

“All significant truths are private truths. As they become public they cease to become truths; they become facts, or at best, part of the public character; or at worst, catchwords.” T. S. Eliot

Very dangerous and nebulous times. The button is pushed 15 minutes after a particular, possibly incendiary, situation starts and then the live broadcast begins.

Is this new version of lying by omission the new truth?

We may never get “the whole truth and nothing but the truth” ever again.

What’s the big deal?

The difference between live broadcasts vs. recorded broadcasts is that with recorded broadcasts:

1 – you could always go back and study the recording and

2 – with cameras on buildings, lamp posts and in the hands of other people you may get the opportunity to see a situation from all angles, and even get to the truth of the situation and not just someone’s biased “truth”.

Even if someone wants to edit it you may be able to get it from other sources.

You have options. These are the operative words: You have options.

With live broadcasts: you only get one option and you only have a fleeting moment to absorb the “truth” and unfortunately the biased mind’s eye sees what it wants to see. There’s no going back.

You have no options. These are the operative words: You have no options.

That’s the “street” side of it. What about the business and personal side of it?

My suggestions, and I know I’ll get heat for this:

a – Don’t allow cell phones in any meeting you go into. Why?

One Example, Just One: Secretly streaming live to someone outside of the meeting could produce text messages to the opposing team that has information that creates an unfair advantage for them and ones that work against you.

Live broadcasting is fraught with manipulative and deceptive genes and it’s your responsibility to meet with everyone within your boundaries and borders to come up with new rules of engagement to deal with the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”

b – All cell phones must be checked and shut off in your workplace. The company has telephones. The time has come, and now more than ever, to consider the smart phone a frenemy and a little too smart for its own good.

c – Video, pictures and now live streaming. Protect your home and protect your business. My mother always insisted that I wear clean underwear. Her explanation: You just never know. I’m telling you now: Always assume that there’s a camera on you and conduct yourself accordingly. You just never know. Again, now more than ever.

A healthy dose of paranoia as a preventive measure, will go a long way in protecting your life and your livelihood. It’s not an option anymore. It’s your fiduciary responsibility to implement and explain the ramping up of the precautions that are needed, to the people in your Success Support Community and beyond.

Do it now… Be proactive. Tomorrow is bringing many more challenges.

Good luck out there.