I have been thinking about masks
, our ancestors put on masks to become an other, to become a god, even unto this day
. Greek tragedy
began in the worship of Dionysos
, the god of wine, intoxication, and creative ecstasy
, in rituals
where worshipers often wore or worshipped masks. Indeed, the word for mask in Greek drama was persona, now commonly used to describe constructed online identities
. And so we understand ourselves
as wearing masks, whole series of masks--behind which we find only emptiness, for we can never see ourselves truly.
conned Kaycee'd and is being sued.
"THE ACTOR opened his heart last year when a woman told him about her tragic, cancer-stricken daughter, Cindy, and he began making calls and sending gifts to the terminally-ill young woman. Before long, however, Clooney began to doubt that 'Cindy' really existed."
Another Kaycee Nicole?
A celebrated teenage author
and Aids sufferer may turn out to be a hoax, concocted by his "mother". (More inside).
"Gorgeous Guy" was really a Kaycee.
Craig's List celebrity appeared in print and on television late-night talk shows discussing his unwanted thrust into fame, but really made the whole thing up himself.
Puppetmaster is as addictive as it sounds.
Another of Ernie's webgames
in the vein of SurvivorBlog
, PM involves twelve people, one of whom is a fictional creation of the "Puppetmaster," who's another player in the game. It's based on Kaycee and Debbie
, in case you haven't already figured it out. I'm already hooked. (My current pick: Meghan
. Look how fake the pic is!)
Jon Carroll defends Kaycee:
His point is that most of what we get through the media, and that does include the Internet, is distant enough that we have no way of knowing whether it's real. I disagree with his conclusions--I do think it matters whether you know you're reading a fiction--but maybe he's right that if someone had to die, it's better that it was a fake person.
The Kaycee Nicole (Swensen) Faq
is now up as per request. If you haven't followed the whole Kaycee thing, you want to read this. You might want to read it anyway. Feedback welcome.
Actually... Chester Phllips
started the whole Kaycee sandal. Anybody else want to take further responsibility
Calling all Kaycee detectives
! The antithesis of all things Kaycee has been found. "Uninhibited, straightforward and nasty," Slutblog
is the journal of one woman's battle to overcome a debilitating nymphomania.
While waiting for updates on the Kaycee situation, does anyone care to out the creator of this trash?
Are YOU prepared for the icy hand of death?
Kaycee didn't croak - but you are going to! Are you prepared for the final curtain? Remember - today is the first day of the end of your life; don't leave loose ends. Drive the last car you'll ever own
, don't forget to put in those final requests
in a timely fashion to avoid the embalmer's rush, and whistle a mortitians tune
. Fictional characters can always be reborn with a deft sweep of the pen - the rest of us can just hope to die with a minimum of inconvenience
The plot sickens
. The last thread on the Kaycee Nicole hoax
appears to be throttling MetaFilter, so I'm publishing this link for those who are still playing along at home.
And so it ends.
Kaycee's blog falls somewhere in the "truth based fiction" range. "because i care about people, i was taken in. call me a fool, call me gullible." - BWG
This girl is, literally, fighting for her life.
Her name is Kaycee, she's 18, and she is desperately fighting cancer. And if everyone could put down their mice, stop typing on their keyboards, close up their browsers, and think one good thought
for this girl -- and her family
-- maybe, hopefully, it would help.
Halcyon's set up a message board for her.
If you're so moved, you know what to do...