The Internet of the Mysteries
Because all information -- fact, fiction, comedy, tragedy and parody -- is delivered over the Internet through the same user interface, the content appears to be indistinguishable and the distinction between them tends to blur. "I saw it on the Internet" is the 21st century equivalent of "I watched it on TV". Therefore it must be true.
The Internet has consequently acquired the immense power, among unsophisticated (and even savvy) users of being able to annihilate time, distance and most especially reality. Some years ago a very famous British opinion writer was taken in by one of those Nigerian email scams, which are themselves a testament to the triumph of fantasy over fiction. Recently my son wryly reported an important question that had baffled some kids in the playground. Who was the more powerful superhero? Batman, Chuck Norris or Abraham Lincoln? The three you see, were characters on some Internet drama and they simultaneously exist in some modern electronic space, battling the Kodan Armada for the American Way.
The power of the modern electronic communications to garble messages was never more starkly displayed than on Bulgarian TV.
I'll bet you don't know the lyrics to that hit single, "Ken Lee".
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