It seems like deception is the new normal. Whether it be deceptive advertising by restaurants, who serve something of much different quality than they show in their promos. Went to Chili's tonight, you should have seen the sick little steak with a little bit of crusted parmesan on top. You know what the ads look like. My steak looked nothing like the one they show on TV. Subway and Taco Bell also come to mind as serving something that looks nothing like what they showed in their national ad campaign. Consequently, I only go there when choices are very limited, and try to avoid those restaurants. But others don't seem to be bothered by this. They just accept that what they are served looks nothing like what drew them in to that restaurant in the first place.
Then there's the nonchalance that Beyonce announced her lip synching the national anthem at the inauguration. It's common to do that, she says. No big deal, it was the right thing to do so it sounded good and didn't want to detract from the festivities. Really? It certainly got more attention than whether or not Michelle Obama rolled her eyes during dinner. Now she's gonna knock us over at the Super Bowl. Speaking of mirages, have you ever seen her with her makeup off?
How many guys are in jail for pyramid schemes because they can convince people that if it sounds too good to be true, it is really true because they are such nice people. 30% returns, no need to check into that, just trust me.
Of course, we have the glaring example of Manti Te'o.
Deception has become the norm. Its hard to not be skeptical of anything anyone says anymore. Time after time, some scheme is revealed. It is becoming so common that we just shrug our shoulders anymore.