Online, all you are is a name. A name is not an identity-- there are numerous John Smiths. An identity needs a face, a story, and most of all a tangible presence in the world. Your local mayor is a public figure, not Exodus997 from Unreal Tournament (I made the name up so don't go looking it up.) There is a guy on my server who is notoriously a massive jackass and bad player, just about everyone knows the name, but nobody knows who he really is. Have I reiterated the same concept enough times yet?Originally Posted by arantes
People think they're some celebrity though because strangers who only know you as a stranger recognize your e-name. It's a really sad phenomenon of this generation and causing a lot of people to not be able to function correctly in society-- it's in the same club as e-courage.