Blog Post 4
*Note for my class- I couldn’t attend any events so I did the Thursday’s class blog*
When asked to find a potential speaker to come to Bucknell, I immediately searched Ted talks. I have watched several in different classes and have always found them interesting yet entertaining. I decided to research the technology category and came across a video that I think really connects with what we have been talking about in class recently. I found the video “the future of lying” by Jeff Hancock and believe this would be interesting for the Bucknell community.
Jeff Hancock is a psychologist who teaches at Cornell University. He focuses on how we interact through different technology, like texting and social media. More importantly, he focuses on the use of deception and lying through communications on cell phones and the internet. His idea is “that while the impersonality of online interaction can encourage mild fibbing, the fact that it leaves a permanent record of verifiable facts actually keeps us on the straight and narrow.” This is contrary to what most people think today. But in a way, it actually makes sense. People use face-to-face interactions to usually gage expressions or reactions. When lying, you would want to make sure that the person is believing what you’re saying and base the lie around that. So it is understandable that more people would lie to someone’s face in order to gage their reaction. Hancock states, “n the same way that you may want to be face to face or at least synchronous for humor, so you can then detect if you’re tracking my humor, in the same way when I’m lying to you, I may want to track if you’re believing me or not. And if I can track that in real time, if I see some suspicion cues from you, I can make up details to support my story. Whereas in an email, I send it out, and I have very little sense of how you’re responding to it. I can’t adjust my message.”
I believe Jeff Hancock would be a great speaker for Bucknell because it relates to our generation. Clearly we all use technology as a way to communicate to people and I also believe that lying and deception have recently been more popular in our society. We talked about this in class- how businesses are lying about their earnings (Enron) and how people lie to try and advance their career (Mike Daisy). Both of these instances involve communication errors. Jeff Hancock is lively, entertaining, and brings up relevant points that I think students would be interested to hear about.