How can we become someone else?
Keeping in line with my thoughts on “Identical Identities” (see previous post) and my groupmate Ivan’s thoughts on “Living Vicariously”, I approached the internet with a question — “How to become someone else?” Let’s just say there is a disturbing number of sources on the internet that cater to this very question. There is even a wikihow page with step by step guidelines. Um, is this problematic?
Everyone thinks about what it would be like to be someone else now and then. This is especially true if you aren't…www.wikihow.com
I continued to sniff about and landed on this website — a fake identity generator. “The United Estates” sounds like a great recreational property with golf carts and matching polo shirts — give me citizenship NOW!
Generate Unlimited Fake Identity including Name, Country, Adress, Email, Credit Card Number, Occupation, Date of Birth…www.datafakegenerator.com
The following link — I laughed it off. Shouldn’t have. Big mistake.
I paid no attention to it as it played on in the background. At some point I found myself in an odd trance, I fought the urge to succumb to it. I’d like to think I succeeded. But I am giving you fair warning. Do not listen to it. It will change you.
All these sources definitely got me thinking of identity in a more playful way. I thought of parodies- fake identities as bootlegs, knockoffs and ripoffs of real people.
I could have gone on forever but I was starting to feel a bit woozy and my search history had started to look questionable. Perhaps some other day.