Distort It is a notion whose etymological root is found in the Latin language: tergiversāre. This action refers to change the direction of a speech or of a event to provoke a wrong interpretation.
For example: "The mayor accused some journalists of misrepresenting his words to generate discomfort in the population", "We cannot misrepresent the auditors' report: we are going to have to tell the president what the economic reality of the company is", “The opposition is dedicated to misrepresenting information to weaken the government ”.
Suppose a worker tells a colleague that he will not be able to fulfill his obligation to send all pending budgets to the finance department, since his computer is not working properly. Your partner, for certain reasons, decides to modify the history and tell your boss that the delay is due to a lack of responsibility.
In the best case, when a person is the victim of a handling of truth as explained in the previous example, you always have the opportunity to clear your name explaining the situation to avoid the unfair consequences of the lie . Of course, this was relatively possible until a few decades ago, but with the arrival of the media and, more recently, of social networks, the speed at which a slander travels is supernatural: in a matter of minutes, a piece of news gives the Around the world, regardless of its truthfulness.
The ease with which we can currently misrepresent the true and involving a person in a fact that has not participated is alarming, and not only affects celebrities, but we are all exposed. No one remembers the - not so old - promise that "technology must be at the service of the human being"; Although this is true in many areas, its most outstanding face today is the Internet and social networks, the constant risk of Identity Theft , the invasion of our intimacy with cameras that fit in a ring and the lack of commitment in interpersonal relationships.
Perhaps the most alarming thing about the excess of information that the Network supposes is that almost no one takes the job of contrasting what he reads, of corroborating the veracity of a news or of doubt an unexpected accusation . There are plenty of examples of assemblies meticulously crafted to misrepresent a message from a famous person or a company, which when they reach the eyes of Internet users are eaten without hesitation, without requiring the validation of the source , without addressing the guilty assumptions to hear their version of the story.
A young man who borrows the car from his father and crashes while driving distracted while talking on the phone, meanwhile, can misrepresent the facts and tell him that the accident It occurred because he tried to dodge a dog that unexpectedly crossed in front of the vehicle. In this case, the young part of a real event (the collision), but misrepresents the causes to prevent his father from punishing him.
It can be said, in short, that misrepresenting amounts to distort, distort, disrupt or alter something with the intention of generating a effect different from what real events would produce.
It is worth mentioning that, as with many other terms of the Spanish language, there is a common tendency to confuse this word with "tragiversar", which is not accepted by the dictionary of the Royal Academy. This can be compared with others. mistakes , such as saying "fermacia, police station, cocretas, dentrífico" or "tergopol", instead of "pharmacy, police station, croquettes, dentifrice" or "telgopor", respectively.