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Originally posted by 0zzymand0s
It's fun to feel high and mighty, but ATS is just another Facebook. It has "stories," posted by members who each have their own "profile page," and who can friend each other.
For bonus points, we can even star and flag each other for popularity.
Facebook is what it is. Dozens of my "friends" posted about the Japanese quake within minutes of it happening. Some of my friends quickly organized a rock n roll charity for earthquake relief. Out of 120 "friends" I only have one who ever posts mundane information about what he does when he gets out of bed in the morning, and -- as he is a performance artist -- I am fairly certain he is doing it as part of an elaborate joke or gag.
Narcissism is rampant on the Internet. The biggest indicator is people who see the world through their own lens, and project that view onto everyone else, assuming it to be universal.
For a documentary, Ariel and Henry film Nev as he begins a long-distance relationship with Megan, conducted over the Internet and phone calls, and they discuss meeting in person. She sends him MP3s of her songs, but Nev discovers that they are all taken from performances by other people on YouTube. He later finds evidence that Megan and Abby have made other false claims.
Ariel urges his upset brother to continue the relationship for the documentary. The siblings and Henry eventually travel to Michigan to make an impromptu appearance at the Pierces' house and confront Megan. They discover that the person behind all these Facebook personae is Angela, in "reality" a housewife who cares for two disabled stepsons in addition to Abby. Although Angela's husband Vince exists, the real-life Megan has no contact with the family and was not the person talking to Nev. The trio also finds out that Abby is not a child prodigy, and she cares little for painting or drawing altogether. Angela is the artist behind the paintings. Angela also used fake photographs for herself, Vince and Megan, and her fake friends.
It is explained that Angela seems to have fabricated these fictional people on Facebook as a way to escape the regrets that came with sacrifices she had to make in order to have a family and a stable life. As the film progresses towards the end, Angela's life around the house and interactions with her family are shown.