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The Friendster phenomena Part 1


Friendsters, Fakesters and George Bush

This will be one of a series of posts that will look into the Friendster phenomenon. "Friendsters, Fakesters, and George Bush" does seem too weird a combination of words to any political creature's mind - after all, friendster is an online networking community and George Bush is well... George Bush. So where's the connection?

Friendsters are your regular real people who put up profiles of themselves - these are your friends. Fakesters are these hidden personalities that post pictures of others online and fake their way into your network as someone who is a real bomb with that great picture, but then turns out to be well, a faker.

Whenever there is any new medium that allows freedom for creation, humanity will always be utilizing these beyond just producing - he will opt to mean, and to rise above mere utilization. He will create tools but beyond that he will create more ideas. Ideas that will in turn fuel more desire for creation, and till creation is in itself the end. The Friendster phenomena is sweeping all over the web and it has become an avenue for the political mind, besides just the creative mind.

If you are a registered member of Friendster search for any famous personality, and for certain there will be George Bushes, Ninoys, John Kerrys, Osamas, Hitlers, Harry Potters among others. What is most interesting is how these faked personas is fast becoming an avenue for political minds and propaganda.

George Bush's profile for instance, mentions the following about himself:

I am a bit crack brained sometimes you can find me in a stable sucking horse legs.I love to interrupt on other's countries feud emm i mean love to send forces to attack other countries while they are having wars against each other.I love to disguise myself into Osama as it is fun!I am a coward who runs when i am in danger instead of protecting my motherland.I love to accept bribes as i love money,lots of money!(just jokin)!
George W.Bush

This is of course just one of many similar profiles about the man. Undoubtably there will be supporters who will speak highly of him - and this is the same for our very own Joseph Estrada who has a very interesting profile.

posted by Jdavies @ 8/21/2004,


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Jdavies lives in Quezon City, Philippines and has been blogging since 2002. A brand manager in a leading technology company and a freelance new media/web strategy consultant, he has refocused his blogging from personal, political & sociological observations, to marketing-related efforts and Internet trends that are relevant to his career and branding advocacies.

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This blog is a depot of thoughts and observations on marketing trends which remain personally relevant to the Author as far as his marketing career is concerned. Having evolved from the personal blog of Jdavies, much of the earlier work contained herein are laced with personal speculation, political views, and similar advocacies. These posts are being kept for posterity's sake and for no other reason. No effort is being made to claim that the author will not contradict himself from his previous positions or that such advocacies are absolute.


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