Hearing about a bad deed is one thing. Seeing it with your own eyes is something else altogether.
Think, for example, about the riots that engulfed Los Angeles following the acquittal of the police officers who were filmed viciously beating Rodney King.
Or the firestorm that engulfed National Football League star Ray Rice in the U.S. Rice reported to his team that he and his wife had had an altercation and that he'd struck her in an elevator. The NFL was inclined to fine and forgive Rice until a video of the actual incident emerged. It now remains unclear whether Rice will ever play NFL football again.
Alas, we are now seeing a comparable scandal in Papua New Guinea. Everyone in the know is aware that corruption is a serious problem in PNG.
But this shocking tape -- filmed with a hidden camera -- shows in graphic detail just how bad things have become. Indeed, one of the most alarming elements of the video is just how matter-of-fact those interviewed are about how one actually goes about bribing high officials in PNG.
It's worth a few minutes to watch this short documentary -- it's well produced and more than compelling.
And here's an intriguing teaser: One of the main 'bad guys' in the tape actually has an intimate financial and personal connection to one of the world's most popular rock bands.
After seeing this short documentary, I doubt you'll ever think of that song the same way again.