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"So I Kinda-Sorta May Have Murdered Somebody... Just Kidding (g) LOL (wink) ;)"

The guy who posted what seemed to be a genuine murder confession now says Dude Like Totally Kidding!, but it's a curious thing: Let's assume he was in fact just trying some kind of stunt for attention.

So we're now at a place where people actually imagine the attention garnered from a fake-murder confession is, in the balance of things, attention worth seeking?

The internet provides a sort of illusory fame to people. If you're Famous on the Internet, you're really not famous. But people seem to think you can be Famous on the Internet. And the internet at least holds out the possibility, however slim, that your next tweet might be RT'd by Someone Famous and then Launch You Into Overnight Fame and Cars and Talk Shows and Sleazy European Chicks Named Yngrid.

And people are pursuing this hypothetical route to illusory fame. On my blog, I wrote about the Fame-Chasing Bug that's infecting so many, noting that because it's a new social phenomenon, society hasn't yet built up the Code of Mores and Warnings about it, society's long done with sex or drugs or booze. We don't really have Cautionary Tales or Morality Plays to warn people about it. There aren't any Grimm's Fairly Tales about The Little Girl Who Constantly Put Pictures of Herself Drunk Online and the Guy Who Said He Killed Someone Because, Good for Traffic.

So we have a generation of people, many of whom are infected with the Fame-Chasing Bug, and really haven't seemed to consider that not all Attention is good attention. And not all notoriety is fame. And that there's an actual difference between fame and mere notoriety and infamy.


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