I picked up a new follower on one of my social networks the other day. Marilyn Monroe.
They were fans – and, as a writer myself, I’m an enthusiast for anything that spreads the word about great writers like Thoreau. More please!
Still, I think it’s safe to say the real Marilyn Monroe isn’t out there on Twitter.
It’s always puzzled me that some people pretend to be celebrites. None of this is new – social networking merely makes it easier. Is it dragging on the coat-tails of fame? Sharing the emotion and pleasure they feel by consuming the work of the celebrity? Expressing a need to identify with someone other than themselves? Winding others up? Or all of the above?
That’s why we often see “Official” tagged to Twitter accounts of the real celebrities.
It begs questions about online identities. For myself, I use my real name. It’s a
common popular name, so I add my initials and a “New Zealand” (‘NZ’) qualifier online. The letter “J” is another popular one to start middle names with, I find, but hey, my middle name’s also mine – and, coincidentally, I discover has been in the family since the early 1800s, at least.
I’m a bit worried another Matthew Wright might do something heinous, like dressing up as an Oompa Loompa in Norwich, for instance, and I’ll get besmirched.
But I wouldn’t use a pseudonym – still less pretend to be anybody famous. Maybe they might pretend to be me…maybe…
I think the phenomenon tells us a good deal about people. Thoughts?
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2013