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6-01-2009 @ 1:23PM
In all honesty, who cares who's at the other end of the keyboard? Either the articles are worthwhile or they are not. Authors using nom du plume has been around for hundreds of years, why is there any difference for a blog? Anyone who can say there is a difference in the content based on who the author is really isn't reading in the first place.
5-31-2009 @ 8:18PM
Using a nom de plume is quite different from stealing another person's identity. Even to the extent of making personal diary-like posts the way Ferarro did, using pictures of another person.
6-01-2009 @ 1:36PM
Exactly Zach. I cant write books as Morgan Freeman and call it nom de plume.This person didn't make up a fake identity, this person took pictures, videos, and content from a real persons life and called it their own.
6-01-2009 @ 4:55PM
This whole things sounds too weird, though, Zack. It's not like I want to believe Ferraro is real its just goes beyond all understanding why someone would pretend to be someone else like Ferraro says they did. I am not saying her confessions is true -- what Adam said about it sounding like bunk rings more true the more you look at it -- but I don't think its untrue exactly in the way people are making it out to be. For one, why isn't the person who got their identity ripped off more angry about this. I have seen their responses and they don't look anywhere near the level someone would be if they were being stalked for 4+ years with photos (and videos) used to represent someone else as them. There is even a bit about them stealing the back story re: moving from around virginia to los angeles. Not to mention Ferraro just happened to have a flicker account for "imtheoneinblue" and the real person has an account called "imtheoneinpink", at least on twitter (and while I know its a stretch, the conspiracy theorist in me can't help but think "hmm, pink, that's the pally color"). I mean who does that? If you stole something wouldnt you do your best to distance yourself from the original source so people would have less of a chance of finding out about it. Finally that thing about the 1337 tag just throws me off. Not everyone knows 1337speak, and the people who usually do are gamers (hardcore at that). Granted a blogger/techie person would have more of a chance of knowing about leetspeak, but still, that along with the "imtheoneinblue/pink" seems like to much of a coincidence. Not to sound trite, but I don't believe in coincidences. Who knows, maybe Ferraro is that dumb.Whatever the truth, what Ferraro says doesn't add up either way.
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