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Tuesday, March 02, 2004



Nicely written post. In my opinion, interaction on the internet lacks an adequate system of social checks and balances. I think a much higher level of dishonesty (hyperbole, exaggeration, call it what you want) exists on the internet as opposed to real life. Perhaps because I already had the tendency to question everything, I remain doubtful of most everything I read online.


At the end of 'Breakfast of Champions' Kilgore Trout finds out that everything he wrote was true.He winds up wandering off into the alternate dimensions he cooked up.

This after much railing at the forces who kept him from being famous.

Hmm, I, or rather the person I play on line, feels a tirade coming on.


At first I thought your post was very cynical, but then when I stopped and thought about it, I realized that deceit is not only bound up in the image we present to others, but our self-image, as well.

So, despite the fact that we can "see" someone in "meat" space, and thus "know who they are", I'm not convinced that our visual assessment is any more accurate than our virtual assessment - or vice versa.

If anything, our true core personalities tend to show up on the 'Net, because we are what we write/create, there. Rather than being blinded by physical beauty, ugliness, handicaps, or accents, we virtually assess someone based upon their written presentations.

Anyone with a good set of critical analysis skills for writing (esp lawyers) can find the gaps and such which create false 'Net impressions, just as an observant reader of body language is more intuitive about a someone at a party.

We may wish to present a certain image to the world, but a modicum of thought will articulate one's inner self more than we'd like to admit - whether on the 'Net, or in "meatspace".


Very interesting post.

I'm not sure it's necessarily easier to know someone in real life as it is online. People hide things and present an image to the world whether it is online or offline. Now whether or not that is who the person really is. Well there is something telling in the stories a person chooses to tell the world. Usually someone who feels weak will try to compensate by telling stories of being strong. Things like that.

Man I forgot about the financial data available on westlaw. Craptastic.

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