Full Disclosure

Dear Stephen,

I posed as you, for a brief moment, while commenting on Sue Waters' recent post. I did so to demonstrate how easy it can be to forge one's identity and to illustrate how trusting we can be in our online interactions.

Said I, as you:

Trust online is an interesting thing because we’ve all become accustomed to believing our eyes and trusting that people are honest in how they present themselves.

That said, how do we really know who is actually commenting on our blogs, who is honestly writing the posts that we read, and who is truly the person behind those curious posts to Twitter?

A perfect example of this lies (no pun intended) in the US presidential race. Obama and Clinton both maintain active Twitter accounts. Do you honestly think that Barack himself is anxiously posting to Twitter? Yeah, right.

Nevertheless, it looks like Obama. We think that it’s Hillary. Or at least we want to think that it is.

When all is said and done, we’ve been nothing but duped. Duped into thinking that we’re dealing with a person that we thought that we knew. We trusted them. We wanted to believe.

Which is exactly what you may have done upon reading this comment. While it may appear that Stephen was the author of this comment…

…in the end, it was none other than Drape.

And THAT is full disclosure.

While I realize that in falsifying my identity I've broken several rules of etiquette, I hope you can sympathize with my intent - which was never to harm, but always to teach.

Thank you for your time. It feels good to have come clean,


P.S. Have a nice day.

P.P.S. Thanks again for sharing gRSShopper.

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