Wednesday, August 6, 2008

a Reply to the LillyAnn debacle (on yoonamania's blog)

I thought it was strange that while that user was active we discussed some topics via Plurk and occasionally mentioned how great a Plurk meet-up in Chicago would be. However, when I agreed and suggested to plan a time and place, the conversation would stop...dead. Right there...not another word. Every time I called the bluff, it was all silence. This person was either not in Chicago or afraid to actually meet any Plurk-friends, and was probably astonished to learn that I live there and was serious.
I stayed out of that fiasco...
Almost twenty years ago, when the idea of server and data sharing was a brand-new concept to people, we were some of the first ones in our circle of life to warn, "Don't believe everything you're going to see on here in the future." We ran a BBS starting in the early 80's and could tell back then that the masking of an identity behind a monitor would open up a whole new can of worms. We've never let our guard down, but have carefully been able to enjoy what the internet does have to offer. It's not any more or less safer today...Don't be stupid; know where you're going and what the risks are. Humans will always have their emotional needs and bonds, just don't let them cloud our judgment.
Good luck to everyone touched by this occurrence...

1 comment:

thesportsgirl said...

This is a good post. It was so clear it was a scam from the get. Yet the Plurk peeps were so willing to help. I liked the sense of community however misguided.