We all lie about our appearance on the internet, right? Today we take a fairly close look at one case study. But not too close.
It seems reasonable that when we create our online persona, we want to select the best possible image to represent us to the world. Right? That’s why my Twitter image shows me at my very best: hidden away in my cherished chemical suit!
Tom’s Law #42
When a person chooses an actual image of themselves to share on the internet, it represents the hand-picked epitome of the best possible moment in time they were ever photographed, not uncommonly also offset by a few decades of time.
Are those two images supposed to represent the same person? Wow! One practically has angels playing harps in the background and the other looks a bit like Rosie O’Donnell on steroids. (No offense to Rosie O’Donnell is intended.)
But, then again, isn’t the internet the ultimate representation of falsehoods that human beings have yet to achieve? In the depths of its dishonesty it is an unparalleled accomplishment. Literally nothing is real.
Hell, I do it, too. The only actual photograph of me on the internet doesn’t look anything like me. When people see it they often say, “That’s not really you, is it?” It’s the only photograph of me in known existence where I don’t look at it and say, “I am not a man! I am not a human being! I am an elephant. I am an animal!”
Making you believe I’m otherwise is the whole point, isn’t it?