WHO?

In the many years that I have been on line, the last four years have been the most interesting. One area that has been most interesting is in the area of internet identity.

Almost everyone on the internet uses a “handle” to identify who they are on the internet. Some of us have more than one “handle.” It is supposed to be a way for those we communicate with to know who we are.

At least that is the way it used to be. It is no longer that way and it has not been that way for quite a long time. Impersonation is now the norm. There seems to be no way for anyone to be certain who it is they are communicating with.

The last few days seems to be an example of how difficult to determine who is who?

Throughout the month of October 2011 I have been getting e mails from who I thought was Shortbusdude, a well known internet prankster and scammer.

The problem, however, is how can one be certain it is REALLY Shortbus and not an impersonator. I have been impersonated so many times on the internet that I have lost count. Now it is Shortbus and even Shawnio that makes the exact same claim.

A group of rather peculiar people have been spreading around instant messages, posts and other media purported to have been created by me. I have been stating over and over again that the various media are FORGERIES that I had nothing to do with. Shortbus has been front and center saying that everything out there is, in fact, genuine.

Well, the question has to be, how the hell do we know for sure? The answer is that we cannot.

FORGED LETTER MELINDA SENT TO HERSELF ( OR WAS IT?)

On each and every day, more sophisticated methods of impersonation are developed. More ways to hack into various on line accounts are perfected, and more sophisticated multimedia impersonations make their way onto Youtube and Xtranormal. Even the soundboard calls are getting more sophisticated and are no longer confined to voice tracks of celebrities.

It is now quite easy to take voice tracks of ordinary people and create “conversations” that never existed.

The new mantra for the internet is “SEEING IS NOT BELIEVING. HEARING IS NOT BELIEVING. READING IS NOT BELIEVING.”

Truth is no longer truth and the truth no longer sets you free.

Stay tuned

MURT

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