In the age of social networking sites and self-reinvention via a few clicks of the mouse and keyboard, who’s to say this is not some person’s (or group) way of getting his (or their) kicks? Or maybe a social experiment on how reactive and volatile Pinoys really are. All you need is a healthy imagination, bogus email accounts, some poor schmuck’s photo and another’s identity and you’d have created a perfect facsimile of the Frankenstein monster, version 9.0.
The photo and ‘real name’ of the culprit may well be of innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire.
Looking at the Twitter account dating back as early as December and looking at the tone of the conversations she had back then make it seem like a single person is really using the account. And 3000 tweets is a strong enough testament about the account’s validity and existence before the controversy happened. But then the wonders of the internet can make something that looks impossible seem like a minor triviality to those who know what they’re doing.
But the most glaring aspect of all this is the overwhelming reaction of people to an obvious troll who would like nothing but provoke everyone with the hopes of making a small dent in the social media sphere. This is a time where people’s existence is defined by how many friends and followers they have in the web. Where reactions to whatever you post, updated, or said become the tokens of appreciation of how your virtual self is measured.
Good or bad publicity is still publicity. As what the person(s) in question below, tweeted.