Within our too often deeply fake world, we face even more deep fakery, with thanks to our double-edged technology.
That video provides a solid synopsis of the situation, but if you desire to avoid watching it, basically we are dealing with the rapidly improving ability to puppet anyone via digital media.
What could go wrong? What could go right?
Achieving credibility is the apex of being strong within society, so what happens when credibility is muddied to the point of being at least questionable?
Who do we trust? If we cannot trust basically anyone, how do we establish healthy relationships?
Honesty is at least arguably the best stance, because the only thing anyone can build upon bullshit is more bullshit. Imagine trying to build a house on a hill that does not really exist.
With bullshit being strongly popularized (e.g. advertising, politics, irrational dogma, relevant social conventions, and so on), humanity is evolving down the path of powerfully heavy mistrust and misalignment against reality — and in true bullshit form, calling that progress.
Bullshit by the very nature of itself ruins the critical mutual trust aspect of healthy relationships, so ruins the social fabric of our species — as we can clearly experience and witness (especially during the quickly strongly pressing influence of antisocial media).
A society that prefers to suffer from the tradeoffs that come from being honest is one that compels humanity to advance our ability to deal with the truth. That includes learning how to avoid being offended by the truth, overwhelmed by the fear of truth in general, and the ability to best communicate the truth to minimize the damage.
Healthy socialness naturally softens the blow from the truth, like the style of mosh pit where a circle of arms instinctively sweeps centrally in to prevent someone from falling and being crushed by feet. It saddens me deeply to understand that a mosh pit — an environment where people are playfully but reasonably strongly hurling themselves at each other to powerfully tough music — demonstrates civility, while society at large fails way too often in this critical regard.
An honest society is continuously improving our tuning into what reality is actually doing, instead of spinning highly complexly away from reality into the progress of delusion.
Which way do you want to go?