It is quite possible that we have never lied more. This has been a year of unpleasant new media coinages: “fake news, ” “post-truth, ” “alternative facts.” In our private lives, technological advancement makes lying incrementally easier: Fibbing to a partner that you’re “working late” slips out more easily screen-to-screen than face-to-face (although, even in person, 60 percent of us can’t go 10 minutes without lying). Social media has accelerated the speed at which lies of all stripes are disseminated This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Mass Destruction “Artists are often left baffled by the fact that they have millions of monthly streams, yet only a couple of thousand followers on social media.” Arts & Culture Issue 49 On the Cheap The greatness of cultural worsts. Arts & Culture Issue 43 Signal Boost How status anxiety drives culture. Arts & Culture Issue 38 Memes of Communication A conversation about digital folklore. Arts & Culture Issue 36 Designated Drudgery How to take a load off.