Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Internet: We Know Drama!!!

The internet is a goofy place. Sometimes, it reminds me of high school. There are the cool people. The social networking sites which are kinda like the cafeteria in school. And then there is the drama.

Like this week, when a good chunk of the blogging community was caught off guard when they found out that the April Rose blog they've been following for months was all a lie. Yup. Someone actually made up this big woven story about how they were pregnant with a Trisomy baby (which is considered to be a condition that is not compatible with life) and ran with the story until the baby was supposedly born. Then people started to catch on, then the blog disappeared, and then all of these sites started popping up where people started showing up in droves to investigate matters and dig up more information. Clearly there was more than one person involved, and I wouldn't be surprised one bit if a couple of the people that most consider to be "innocent" parties show up as stinky dirty with their hand in the cookie jar. But that's just my opinion. If it walks like a duck....quack!

Anyway, more fascinating than the fact that this whole hoax took place and that people sent money and purchased t-shirts that were supposedly going to benefit a pregnancy center, is the involvement of the blogging community as they put their heads together to play deputy dog and get to the bottom of it. Where is this woman (or whomever was involved) now? Why did they do this? Are they reading comments as they're being typed? Are one or all of the people leaving comments actually this woman in disguise? Did someone attempt suicide or end up in the loony bin?

And more important than anything else: What is good dipped in Nutella?

See, it's like an episode of Days of our Lives. Or some odd Lifetime movie. You're glad you're not in the cast. You're kind of amazed that some people have figured out the players and the plot and others are still in denial. And you know that you're not going to get anything from the end of the movie, but you still can't bring yourself to change the channel, because you want to see what bullshit is going to be said next, who is going to believe it, and how people are going to react.

And then, by next week, there will be new drama, some new tragedy or hoax that people have moved on to, and real sick kids being talked about on the internet that should be benefiting from the time, attention and worry that has gone in to yet another ridiculous internet hoax that is only perpetuated because those involved think they need just a little more attention.

Ahh, well.

Isn't my baby girl beautiful? She's real, you know. Like, she exists and stuff. I didn't have to make her up!!



lkmanitou said...

Some folks just have to have the attention of the masses online. Kinda reminds me of the old Bearhugs committed suicide hoaxes that were posted on the VN boards a few years back.

lkmanitou said...

Clara is such a little cutie :)

Nicole said...

Ahh yes. I thought about the Bearhugs incident the entire time the story unfolded.

I think that having experiences like that make it easier to see the little read flags in some stories when they pop up, hehe.

Thanks for commenting about Clara, we're enjoying her so much!

Free Blog Makeovers by Louise said...

I came to check out your blog - don't worry I didn't laugh(as you suggested I might in your email) LOL. I have sent you an email and will work something out with you once I get a reply. I like your blog and your kiddos are very sweet...I bet they keep you busy though!

Free Blog Makeovers by Louise said...

I forgot to add that I am very wary of the internet world after being sucked in by the whole Friends of Pepe blog last year - I am so glad I didn't waste my time following the April Rose thing!

Nicole said...

Hiya, Louise!

I didn't hear about the Friends of Pepe incident until just recently, but it's also a sad thing.

It's really a shame that we have such a great resource to bring people together in the internet, and there's always someone who's gotta mess it up and take from those who really need it.

Much like the rest of life, I suppose!

Thanks for stopping by and not admitting to laughing. :)