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How to Invent a Person Online
Atlantic, by Curtis Wallen

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Posted By:MissMolly, 7/24/2014 10:46:30 AM

On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio. Inside was a blank thank-you note and an Ohio state driver’s license. The ID belonged to a 28-year-old man called Aaron Brown—6 feet tall and 160 pounds with a round face, scruffy brown hair, a thin beard, and green eyes. His most defining feature, however, was that he didn’t exist. I know that because I created him. As an artist, I’ve long been interested in identity and the ways it is represented. My first serious body of work, Springfield, used the concept of

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: alynnmcw, 7/24/2014 11:47:42 AM     (No. 9938195)

Pretty creepy. I could give up everything on the internet, everything but Lucianne.com Going to delete my barely used Facebook now.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: steph_gray, 7/24/2014 12:54:59 PM     (No. 9938300)

Utterly fascinating!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: yo-yo, 7/24/2014 1:11:13 PM     (No. 9938318)

Does it require Photoshopping a long form birth certificate?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bpl40, 7/24/2014 1:26:06 PM     (No. 9938338)

Shades of The Shawshank Redemption?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kono, 7/24/2014 2:39:30 PM     (No. 9938462)

The shift from being consumer to product was swift, and for many, unnoticed. But companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, etc. now depend on selling contact and behavior info about their registered users as a stable source of revenue, and marketing giants are all too eager to pay them for it. I forfeit up to $100 a week in discounts by opting to forego any ´rewards card´ membership that requires actual info that could personally identify me as the customer. (Many stores now offer their promotional deals/sales only to customers willing to be identified and tracked.)

If you or I treated someone the way these companies treat consumers, we´d risk stalking charges.

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