Could you project a sufficiently different persona such that no one would realize your true identity?
A recent study purportedly asked the question, how well do… online personalities match the person sitting at the keyboard?
The answer seems to be, they agree quite well, Thank You. People in the study, “…represented themselves quite faithfully.” Samuel D. Gosling, who conducted the study, reports, “…users aren’t generally using [sites such as Facebook] as an image buffer… or a separate self.”
Maybe people just aren’t very good at playing someone else. Or, more likely, they aren’t very good at concealing their real personalities. (The study dealt with five standard personality traits.)
Which brings me to a question that has been brewing at the back of my brain for a long time now.
Assume that being a sock puppet required nothing more than signing up as a different person and — most pertinent with regards to this thread — altering your posting ‘voice’ consistently and completely enough so as to avoid detection. (Phrasing per TubaDiva.) I wanted to be sure it was acceptable to start a thread on a potentially touchy subject, so I e-mailed the fair TubaDiva and got the go-ahead. I have tried to comply with her restrictions and to set the tone for the thread in keeping with her wishes.
To Wit: I am not interested in in any practical or impractical means by which one might circumvent board rules.
Assume that in some alternate universe your alter ego joined the boards and posted a question about words that end with -gry and was then rightly and summarily belittled, ridiculed, piled-on, and multiloquously sprayed with vitriol. Not being one to put up with such treatment, you then stalked your abusers one-by-one into MPSIMS, GQ and Cafe Society calling them crude names and otherwise haranguing them. The result, of course, you were BANNED!
Now, not being one to take that kind of abuse lying down, you sign up as a sock.
If you had to, do you think you would be able to project a sufficiently different persona such that no one would realize your true identity? If you think you could pull it off, would you?
Please try to keep this about style and ‘voice’ and the question of how much control people have over their own personalities and how they project themselves.