posted on Sep, 24 2016 @ 07:38 PM
a reply to: GV1997
I'm glad you asked.
It's a parody of a recent phenomenon that is becoming widespread on the internet.
I think catfishing/internet deception (which is sort of the idea behind the thread) is an unfortunate by product of the internet culture and people
who use their fake internet personas to trick, deceive or obtain personal information from unsuspecting souls. Some folks are using this trickery to
control or 'mess' with people's emotions and that is extremely unfair to the one's being played.
I have seen and heard of situations (on the news and in my off line world) where innocent folks were promised fame and fortune only to be let down
when the truth came out (and it always comes out) and left brokenhearted and possibly pushed over an edge that they were only teetering on to begin
with. Would that be fair? Is catfishing somehow an acceptable offense because people are 'anonymous' ? I don't think toying with people's emotions or
minds is something that a person should think is okay in their disturbed mind.
Somehow the internet has made it possible for people to do/say whatever they want, anonymously, and with little or no consequences. Yes, the thread is
based in fiction but there's a whole lot of truth within those words regarding the community of internet forums, chat rooms, message boards, facebook
and the like. I don't like liars and I like them using and playing with the emotions and feelings of folks that I care about even less.
How much information have folk like Barstar obtained from unsuspecting good hearted folks? What do the Barstar folks gain in working so hard at making
folks believe in their little 'pretend' world? The damage done by internet tricksters, like Barstar, can be great and far reaching.
I have a friend that I have known for 20+ years who is convinced that a woman (much younger than him BTW) in Turkey on a modeling assignment is
interested in meeting him in real life. I'm sure the money he sends her monthly has nothing to do with the longest modeling assignment in history.