On The Internet Nobody Knows
... if you're a dog. Spurred by a BBC report that, persons too busy to participate in online networking were paying persons to impersonate them, and one blogger "confesses" that he has "hired a series of interns who do nothing but write these posts and manage my Facebook account". But hey, it could be true. The BBC article continues with a description of the fake networking personality.
"This guy is a busy entrepreneur and he says that wherever he goes, people marvel at the energy he still manages to put into blogging and networking - and he then tells them it is all being done by a guy he pays to do it." ...
Don't be shocked. It's been a long time coming.
It's well known that Chinese workers spend long hours earning "gold" on the online game World of Warcraft, so that busy Western gamers can buy a new sword without putting in an excessive amount of time in front of their computers. ...
I started worrying about some of my Facebook "friends". Were they who they said they were?
It might be possible to construct a screenplay plotline in which a Chinese worker is paid to create the online person of John Q. Lipson, media personality extraordinaire. The Chinese worker labors assiduously and soon builds a following of millions. Multitudes hang on his every word. Suddenly John Q. Lipson decides to re-assume his personality and makes a hash of everything his skillful alter ego has constructed. An investigative blogger, noticing that the IP addresses of the posts have suddenly shifted from Guangdong, China to Beverly Hills, California, suspects the truth. An uproar ensues. Who is the real online person?
And would anybody care? I suspect that participants in online networking sometimes flannel the truth about themselves and post glamor pictures or shots of themselves about thirty years younger. It has reported that the employees in pay-to-talk telephone lines who often style themselves as glamorous young ladies are often immensely fat people with leprous complexions. But maybe nobody minds. Illusion is often preferable to reality.