When I originally published the following article on the 26th August, 2013, I tried to set down what I had been observing on the Internet at the time.
I have decided to re-publish ‘Faking it’, with this introduction added, as what I was attempting to narrate then, has even more significance now, inasmuch as the behaviour/agenda’s of some people on social networks, and certain bloggers within the ‘Alternative Media’, has finally been recognised for what it is, and their endless lies, frequent intimidation tactics, and their continual attempts to distract and spread disinformation has now become obvious to many people.
Regular readers of the Outlaw, as well as those who follow this site on it’s Facebook page, should recognise it’s significance almost immediately
Since the advent of universal and easy internet accessibility, the opportunity has presented itself for people to commit fraud, theft and mass deception on an unprecedented scale.
Just think for a moment about the speed at which electronic media can circumnavigate the planet for example.
So, with that in mind, it may be worthwhile remembering the words accredited to the author Mark Twain, “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its trousers.”
The Internet, which is numbered among mankind’s greatest modern inventions, could also prove to be his greatest adversary, inasmuch as it has become the perfect vehicle for propagandist’s and criminals, as well as the mouthpiece of many shadowy organisations and Government’s around the world.
There is of course, a very much darker side of the Internet, and one which is inhabited by the sorts of oddballs who simply cannot function as normal members of society, and who have now been given free and unlimited access to your homes, your workplaces and most disturbingly of all – to your children.
The kind of people who were sending anonymous ‘Poison Pen’ letters to their neighbours, or stealing underwear from washing lines, or enticing children into their vehicles, or reporting numerous false allegations and making hoax calls to the emergency services – before technology gave them a worldwide platform on which to spread their poison, that is.
Anonymity is all-powerful on the net, and there are ever increasing numbers of virtual monsters that lurk in every corner, ready to burrow into, and then infest and infect almost everything and everyone they are given free access to.
And nothing and nobody it seems, is immune from their manipulations.
One of the increasing methods being used to deceive people, is something that I refer to as ‘Münchausen by Internet’.
“Kaycee Nicole was a fictitious persona invented by an American woman named Debbie Swenson, in one of the earliest recorded cases. Between 1999 and when the hoax was discovered in 2001, Swenson, playing the role of Kaycee, had represented herself on numerous websites as a teenager suffering from terminal leukaemia. Kaycee was reported to have died on May the 14th 2001 and her death was publicised on May the 16th shortly after. Members of the online communities that initially supported her, had soon unraveled the story and discovered that Kaycee had never actually existed.”
Debbie Swenson did however confess on her blog to creating the hoax on May 20th 2001.
So why would anybody want to fake the death of an already fictitious creation
Apart from David Bowie who killed off his ‘Ziggy Stardust’ creation, and more recently Katie Price, who has announced the death of her alter-ego, ‘Jordan’ that is?
There could be many reasons.
A need for adoration perhaps?
A shot at Internet Infamy maybe?
Or, to escape from a situation that has got so out of control, that the creator of a fictitious storyline wants to rid him/herself of the risk of detection and the possible legal implications?
After all, you cannot arrest or legally punish a corpse can you?
Or even speak ill of the dead these days, so it’s a win-win situation.
*Although that does not appear to apply if one happens to be a politician or a public figure who has been suspected of being a Paedophile or something similar, strangely enough.*
It may even be that the plans had been in place for years, ready to be rolled out if ever a particularly damaging story was about to break in the media, or some dodgy history was discovered, which needed the sting removed by means of a suitable distraction…
A car crash or a fatal accident, are usually reported somewhere, so can be easily traced with a minimum of effort using the internet or any the media outlets in any specific area.
A terminal or incurable illness however, gives one the chance to remain very much alive while also receiving the sympathy that usually accompanies such unfortunate personal circumstances.
It also has the advantage of medical confidentiality, of course, therefore no answers can be obtained, even by family members, to any enquiries if any suspicion is raised as to the validity of their story.
If you have done your homework, you will see their username suffixed alongside online comments like “so and so is such a strong person,” “he/she is so incredibly brave,” and will find that perfect strangers will begin to fall over themselves with generous offers of help
And to donate money of course, never forget that.
Their message inboxes will soon fill up with reassuring messages of support, and most importantly, they will become almost totally insulated from any criticism that has been levelled at them, as their ‘new best friends’ on the forum, media platform or blog comments section, would of course rally around in defence.
There are no limits to this deception, because even if people start to become bored with hearing about their situation, they can always rekindle the interest by relating any number of near-death experiences they have bravely endured throughout their ‘illness’.
With the right level of research, it is entirely possible to arm themselves with any number of medically accurate symptoms, as well as the clinically accurate procedures that would be used to treat their carefully selected ailment.
The more research they are able to do will benefit them greatly, as it may be critical to stage the progression of their chosen disease carefully, with considerations made for details to be readily on hand should any awkward questions arise.
The forum, blog or social networking site which they select is also crucial to the whole process, as an obscure, or rarely visited site will not attract enough interest and that shot at Internet stardom, (if that is the aim) may prove impossible to achieve.
One of the larger Forums, or Social Networks would be an ideal place, and one which has large numbers of visitors on a daily basis – ideally one of the well visited ‘Alternative Media’ sites, or the constantly moving and ever-changing world of Twitter and Facebook would be the perfect arenas.
Accompanied by any number of carefully-crafted equally false accounts already waiting in the wings.
And it does not only apply to physical illnesses of course, as any number of fictitious ‘situations’ can be utilised and adapted to suit the purpose.