21 April 2012 @ 03:49 pm
Deception Twenty Five: Now what  
Just some thoughts )

[A. Johan is in his study and has been for some time now. Ignoring things works great right?

B. Johan is trying to clear his head with a walk in the park. ...it isn't going so well.]

[Phone: And a calm perfectly calm, not utterly upset at all, voice.]

Nina Fortner is no longer in town. That is all.

[And with that he hangs up.]
 
 
30 March 2012 @ 08:50 pm
Deception Twenty Four: Issues with memory loss  
[When you have a past like Johan has, there are very few things that can really disturb you. Memory loss, however is one of the few things that can get  under his skin. And when it happens to his sister, that just makes it worse.

So now that his sister has lost any reason to trust him. He has to watch her lose a years worth of memories....he's not doing so well. You can find him in a few places around town today.

A. Johan  is sitting in the park, just looking at the ground. There's a gun idly in his hands and he's just flipping it over and over. Seemingly lost in thought. After a moment he looks up and shoots a tree. Why? It was there.

B. In the classroom, after school. He's going through papers and marking some. The doors open for any students that have questions about the homework. Or the class itself. Or maybe you just want to talk to the teacher.

C. In the library. Gathering up a pile of books....and then tripping and falling. Offer a hand up? Point and laugh? Help him collect the books?

D. In the hospital off to the side. He's sitting next to a droned Japanese man. Having a conversation more at him then with him and ignoring what the drones really saying.]
 
 
19 January 2012 @ 10:57 pm
Deception Twenty Three: Excuse Me, Our Teacher is a Monster  
[High School:

A new day and a new class. Johan walks up to the board with a smile on his face.]

Hello class. My name is Johan Liebert. I'll be your Psychology teacher from now on.

Today, we'll be studying something called. The Bystander effect.

[Goes to write notes on the board.]

For those of you who don't know. The Bystander effect. Also called, the Genovese syndrome. It's a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases where people do not offer any means of help in an emergency situation to the victim when other people are present. An example would be, walking by when you hear someone calling for help from the ground, simply because there are other people in the surrounding area.

The probability of help has in the past been thought to be inversely related to the number of bystanders. In other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any of them will help. The mere presence of other bystanders greatly decreases intervention. This happens because as the number of bystanders increases, any given bystander is less likely to interpret the incident as a problem, and less likely to assume responsibility for taking action. 

So the more people there are there, the less anyone will do anything. Because they expect someone else to do it. This "not my problem", "someone else will handle it" is one of humanity's more... unpleasant of traits. But one that needs to be addressed all the same. 

I want you to write me a report on this idea. What do you think this effect means for the nature of humanity itself?

Any questions?

[836: Hastings/ Home

Johan is inside looking around.]

Anna? Are you here?

Anna?