This Friday’s post was going to be about guns, germs and Dear Abby, but something on Chicago Tonight Thursday evening demanded my attention.
It started with Manti Te’o's seemingly unfortunate and sudden shift from football star to Internet dupe. Chicago Tonight host Phil Ponce and guests Jacqui Cheng, Senior Apple Editor at Ars Techinca, and Al Gini, business ethics professor at Loyola University Chicago were discussing the notion that Te’o's online girlfriend might have been a hoax from start to ugly finish.
“Let’s face it, everyone lies on the Internet,” Cheng said. (See interview.) They all laughed.
I am so naive.
Going on two years now I’ve been writing at WordScarab, sharing some wisdom about various things. It has been my goal to be honest without jeopardizing privacy. That means, I exclude some information but I don’t distort the truth. Veracity is vital in the search for nuggets of wisdom.
But with this being the www, after all, keeping things to myself doesn’t keep some goofball from getting the skinny on me. (I liked that, btw, using “skinny” and “me” in the same sentence.) I’ve stopped using photos of my family and friends to protect their identities as much as possible. I’m not afraid to talk about who I am because, it’s my thought, we are all the same, basically, and if you can see yourself solving some dilemma thanks to something you’ve read here, we all win.
I know Ponce, Cheng and Gini were not talking about writers – regular bloggers like me – who are real people, with real stories to share. But it is beyond me as to why someone would create a fictitious character and pass it off as real. I hope to do that one day soon, but it will be in a best-selling novel and not on this blog.