2 Responses to Twitter Parody: Comic, Creepy, or Criminal?

  1. anacanhoto says:

    Hum… I am in 2 minds about this, actually. On the one hand, ‘parody accounts’ could be seen as a side-effect of having a public (social media) presence. And, indeed, some parody accounts are not only entertaining but they may end up being beneficial to the individuals or institutions in question – I am thinking about the account @Queen_UK, for instance. On the other hand, isn’t setting up a Twitter account with someone else’s picture and ID (e.g., name and affiliation) a case of impersonation (and, therefore, potentially criminal)?

    On a different note, I heard through the grapevine that you got your tenure ;-) Congratulations :-)

    • Gary Schirr says:

      Ana:

      Thank you for your comment.

      I am entertained by this parody. I think that they are witty and funny. It helps that I now know who is behind it (friends).

      Previously a couple people stole my pic and name to sell crap, which I reported to Twitter.

      So I guess it is key that the content be good and authorship transparent.

      Thanks – It was a BIG day when I got the tenure letter!

      Thanks again!

      – Gary

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