posted on Mar, 16 2013 @ 12:59 PM
reply to post by jiggerj
Well said jigger. I would temper the legal ramification avenues for hoaxing along the following lines. There are three types of hoaxes:
1. Straight Hoax.
Done to entertain one's self and get the rush of adrenaline from magician-ship; you will find magicians ranging from those
who disclose they are magicians to the unethical who do not - Regardless however, the goal is to hold the audience enraptured with your personal
intellect, sophistry and implied authority and skill. Balls, videos and rabbits are used. A Straight Hoaxer may or may not reveal who they are.
One can do magic with facts as well. You will find many SSkeptics, are also hobby or even professional magicians. Both hobbies held from a young
age. This is not a coincidence. Deception provides an adrenaline rush, especially when spun inside a cocoon of apparent correctness.
Done to discredit organizations and persons to whom the Fake-Hoaxer wishes to do damage. A Fake-Hoax will always be fitted with
a 2nd layer deep "Key" - the Key is the obvious or semi-obvious flaw or Achilles heel of the argument or the evidence, which - while not lay manifest
- is sitting inside the data like an Easter Egg waiting to be found and explode on the whole Hoax - this in an effort to discredit a specific targeted
subject or persons. Fake-Hoaxes often bear the signs of employed common method/theme and are mass produced. A Fake-Hoaxer will never reveal who they
Fake Hoaxes will come in thematic waves, through the same channels, and right on the heels of an astounding event. They will be imitative and proceed
along the same lines as the precipitating dramatic event.
3. Strawman Hoax.
Done to "Show how easy it is to fake this stuff." This is no different than the perpetrator of the Straight Hoax - except
that the perpetrator in this case comes out and discloses that the evidence is a fake; at some later time after they have gained the adrenaline rush
of deception or when the revelation will increase their celebrity status to the greatest effect. As if this is some sort of grand ethical action on
their part. In reality, Strawman Hoaxers and Straight Hoaxers are all the same thing. A Strawman Hoaxer will always reveal who they are. Strawman
Hoaxers are compensated by becoming celebrated members of the Social Skeptic Cabal.
Strawman Hoaxes should be illegal under fraud statutes - especially when click commerce is being transacted on such fraud. By prosecuting these
people, this will force hoaxers to remain in the closet in either the camp of 1) Giddy Surreptitious Magicians, or 2) The Maliciously
Surreptitious. By not allowing the avenue of thinking... 'hmmmm, all I have to do if caught is say, "I wanted to show how easy it was to fake this
stuff" - under admission, a disincentive will be placed for hoaxers of all types, and give them pause.
In the end, however all three hoax genre games only exist as a mechanism which feeds recitation material for those promoting cultivated ignorance.
They are a smokescreen and extraordinary tool of deceit at several levels.
edit on 16-3-2013 by TheEthicalSkeptic because: (no reason given)