Contents

I.  HONESTY’S DECLINE

1)    Beyond Honesty

A Whole Lotta Lyin’ / Whatever Happened

to Honesty? / Post-Truthfulness / Euphemasia / Ledger Book Morality

2)    A Brief History of Lying

The Liar’s Edge / Early  Ethics /The Insider’s

Guide to Honesty / Lie Regulation /  Civil Society

3)    The Honesty Connection

Community / Situational Dishonesty /

Ethical Memories /  Impression Management

4)  Whistler’s Druthers

Myth America / The Reinvented Self / Roots?

5)  Great Pretenders

Petty Fibbery / A Matter of Degrees / Imposeurs / Fields of   Unfulfilled Dreams / Behind the Mask

6)  Why Lie?

Insecurity / Recreation / Duping Delight / Adventure / Taking Charge

7)  Sex, Lies, and Sex Roles

Sex Studies / Telling it Crooked / Erotic

Deception  / Relationships

II. ENABLING DISHONESTY

8)  Mentors and Role Models

Therapists / Lawyers / Politicians / Entertainers

9)  It’s Academic

On Campus / Larger Truths / Po Mo Profs / Heirs of Protagoras /

Applied Postmodernism

10)  Narrative Truths, and Lies

Narrative Truths / New Journalists / Driven  Narratives /  Creative Journalism /

Ripple Effects

11)   Masked Media

Hollywood Ethics / From Beaver to Baghdad / Narratives, Storylines, and

Dramatic Arcs

12)   Peter Pan Morality

Origins / Looking-Glass Ethics / “I Was There” / The Boomer Code

13)   Deception.com

Techno-Aided Deception / No One Knows You’re a Dog / The Tangled Web /

Enhanced Reality

III. CONSEQUENCES AND CONCLUSIONS

14)   The Suspicious Society

Truth Bias to Lie Bias / Just Checking / Pinocchio’s Revenge / Wired Up /

Lies and Consequences / Credibility Gaps

15)   The Price of Prevarication

No Respect / Lieaholism / Craving Truth

16)   The Case for Honesty

The Post-Ethics Honesty / The Well-Intentioned Liar /

Honest Parenting / The Social Value of Honesty / Positive Trends /

Honesty  Redux

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index