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How much deception does society expect and/or tolerate?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26829points) July 7th, 2011

Inspired from this question, and it had me looking at ads and TV commercials with a much sharper eye. There is the presumed doctoring we know happens and those that might be there that we just miss or really do not know. They sell products for men and women to color their hair and hide Gray. Is hiding the Gray an acceptable deception? We know women have elective surgical augmentation of the mammaries, some of us can tell more than not, other just can’t tell at all, or don’t want to know. Is this an acceptable deception? You never seem to get as much whipped cream atop your sundae as the picture on the coupon or in the ad. Was that deception there? If you see a home ad, can you be sure the lawn is that great, lush and green with no hint of crab grass? Each day things are tweaked ever so slight to make them look more appealing or appear closer to perfect. How much of this fine tuning do we expect to see? Because we expect to see it does that make it more acceptable than something that was done to blatantly misrepresent what it is?

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Cruiser's avatar

Apparently this society has quite the appetite. I have a very low threshold for BS and I am astounded at the level of tolerance of BS people have and pay good money to get it too! WTH?!?.

King_Pariah's avatar

Tolerate? As long as it’s covered up, anything is tolerable. Expect? Well there you have the population split up between generally trusting thus not expecting any or little at all and generally suspicious who suspect moderate to high levels of deception.

athenasgriffin's avatar

We are more than accepting. We appreciate being deceived. We appreciate the silver lining, as long as we are further deceived into believing it is reality.

jerv's avatar

Given the ratings for Fox News, I would have to say that we tolerate quite a bit.

As for expect, I think we do expect to be deceived merely because if we faced reality without the rose-colored glasses, we would be pissed and/or depressed. For that reason, we not only expect deception, we demand it!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Hopefully,they’ll only tolerate four year’s worth.

Hibernate's avatar

Way to much .

roundsquare's avatar

People don’t realize how much they are being deceived so there isn’t much acceptance/tolerating going on.

There are so many “neat” advertising deceptions. My favorite was that for McDonald’s ads, they put the sesame seeds on the buns one by one by hand to make it look better.

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