The interesting sociological question, of course, is whether this corrosive attitude toward access to human foibles for our amusement is something that we’ve been trained in (by, say, reality TV) or something that we implicitly require in societies. I know what I hope the answer is, but I really couldn’t say: Iâ€™d Like to Get Off the Stage Right Now
But in the field of damage control, the rapid shifts in access to every personal foible and ill-considered phrase of the rich and famous is the equivalent of flying without a net.
And the truth? The truth is a diminishing resource, easily bludgeoned by the facts.
â€œYou can say, â€˜Be transparent,â€™ â€ said Mr. Mayer, the expert in crisis control, â€œbut youâ€™re seeing all these things ripped out of context, thatâ€™s the scary thing about it. There is the illusion when youâ€™re watching a video that youâ€™re seeing the whole truth. As anyone whoâ€™s followed court cases, or been in the news business knows, looking at different outtakes you get different realities. And this powerful illusion of reality is far more misleading than any distorted account.â€