It is funny how little we know about the people we ‘hang out’ with on the internet. The tiniest hints of identity are all we have to go on. Yet often we know all about their inner world (or at least the parts they choose to expose, which is quite often most of it…anonymity does funny things to people sometimes. I think generally it’s good for us though….It’s really quite amusing how far off our guesses have been, and I think it’ll make me re-evaluate a lot about how I imagine people. I was right…this chain of events was intriguing.
This reply by Alabaster to self in his blog refers to how far off self’s impression of his personality was from what he’s really like in person. This also came about after having seen pictures of each other, how the both of us had mental pictures of how each other look like that could not be more different than how we really look like.
Does it matter how well we know someone through the internet? Mean, we don’t exactly know some of our friends in real life any better. But then again, it’s your internet buddies who probably know the secret side of you more than the classmate sitting next to you in class. The kind of secrets that could be dangerous if you somehow rub your blog buddy the wrong way. Like you, as an anonymous / pseudonymous blogger, could show pictures of yourself in your blog (in a protected post), but then before you know it, your head’s plastered on some naked flabby body.
Oookay, am getting paranoid now! LOL.