Weigh in on the topic of "Lying on the Internet"
When writing fiction, what is the definition of a lie? If writers use the Internet as our medium, at what point does the writer's search for truth become a lie?
Historically, some writers have hidden their true identities behind a cloak of another name, another gender.When celebrities are allowed to hide their identities on Facebook, does it matter?
Isn’t FB a form of fiction? A reality show with your “friends” as audience? The act of being watched altering the action or the outcome? Is every word altered when there is the expectation that it will be read by someone else? Is this altered version fiction? Theoretically, your friends on FB “know who you are,” at least physically, so you are not hiding behind the cloak of anonymity or pseudonym.
But in the blogging sphere, far fewer know the “real” author. One can only speculate, hazard a guess. And after all is said and done–you don’t know whether you’ve been lied to or not–does it really matter? Are we all willingly participating in one colossal fiction?
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