By Harriette Schwartz
I’ve been an online devotee since the mid-1990s--the days when AOL thought they could get away with charging hourly rates, until the competition taught them otherwise. I’ve been out here long enough to be a non-paying charter member of Match.com, a service I no longer use. I opted not to, ever since a gentleman I met there decided he would lure me with a photo of his son, instead of using one of his own. Let’s just say that reality bit him in the ass when we met face-to-face for a coffee.
Because virtual interaction makes impersonation easy, anyone can pretend to be anything they want to on the information superhighway. Sadly, sometimes the ruse is personal and the only party who really believes in the power they think they wield is themselves. Also sad are the number of “follower” souls available to them. Just as in real life the weak easy marks who will do the bidding of the stronger personalities can be found online too. Social networks provide a “home” for both. The, “mogal wannabe” will quickly install themselves in the position of leader, starting groups and insisting on having the most members, even attempting to sabotage other groups or affiliations in order to “be the biggest and thus the best.” They are not above spying on others and using numerous aliases to do so.
I am quite sure that there are many “mogal wannabes” residing on Facebook but I have only crossed paths with one so far. Many of my contemporaries have also run into this one. The games played and issues caused may have been virtual and truly of no consequence in the bigger scheme of things, but the evil and malice with which they were attempted is real. It is apparent that the real life of this person is empty, as the lurking, spying and nasty letters under various aliases keep coming to many of us.
How sad to think someone’s life is so empty as to make virtual activity their world. I don’t know about you but I probably spend more time than I should online. Yet and still I live in the real world. It is time to grow up already as the games you play are for children. To this, “mogal wannabe” I offer this quote from Elvis Presley: “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away”