Decoy Icon: trick, lure &snare
The decoy “icon” is a familiar image used to deceive. Deception is a cognitive tool that shapes consciousness and behavior, and the decoy is one of the oldest forms of deceit, an ancient and powerful skill. It’s operation in protection, defense and conflict is designed to distract, lure, destroy, trick, ensnare, deceive, reveal or waste the time and energy of an opponent.
We are presented with social distraction, images, choices, and news events that cause perceptual dissonance, today, especially in media and politics.
Architecture and digital image https://decoysanddepictions.net/about
Martha Rosler, Decoy and Disruptions https://books.google.com/books/about/Decoys_and_Disruptions.html?id=Z0IJJnJKGFYC
Steganography: writing hidden messages. Concealing a file, message, image, or video within another file, message, image, or video. https://www.wired.com/story/steganography-hacker-lexicon/