|The lesbian blogger is..Old man Whitters? "And I wudda got away with it too, if it wasn't for you meddling kids!"|
Many are outraged by the audacity of such posturing, and understandably they feel betrayed in some cases. Whether this feeling is justified, the truth of the matter is that nonsense and fabulist material has been on the internet since its inception and will likely be so for time immemorial. I'm not that interested in the emotional investment factor or the 'morality' of using a sock puppet identity. I'm more interested in how people are so taken in and why we haven't learnt from prior experience. Snopes have a great article on false blogs, and recently it has been the subject of legal wranglings. None of this is even that new - The term 'sockpuppet' in this context has been in common parlance since 1996.
|And why shouldn't he ? You invented him!|
|Lovingly lifted from the wonderful XKCD.COM, original is here. Go visit!|