This issue has always intrigued me. Just about the only messages I get on MySpace are these webcam phishing messages. They are, like he says, pretty easy to spot. What I find so interesting, however, is how authenticity and fakeness are so important on the site. I may just post the banner on my profile.
What makes a fake myspace profile? Certainly it is a profile that doesn’t have a real person behind it. But what about the profiles that do not correspond to the person maintaining them. For example, people who pretend to be fictional television characters? Would their be less fake or the same as the webcam phishers?
Even at the most basic level, one’s profile is only a snapshot, self-confessed, and self-constructed image of the person who made it, hardly representative of the actual person. I think the T-Shirt slogan, crude as it may be:
Even so, there is a level of fake we seem willing to accept. The reality of these profiles runs on its own rules. A will to virtuality? Perhaps. A simulacra/simulation? Certainly, but there is more here, I think.