It's (usually) more complicated than that.
(suggested by Lonespark)
If you were making a movie of your online persona and life, what would it be like?
Experimental. No two viewers would agree on what it meant. But they’d all regard the hacking sequences as unrealistic.
Firedrake, that is superb. I would like to watch that film.
Just like my meatspace life: It would be boring.
My offline life would be a movie on Lifetime or something, I think. The kind of movie I hate. Or maybe a series of movies, and the last one so far would be the best?
But my online life would be a mix of styles. I can’t decide if I’d want it to be animated or live-action or something in between or a combination of the two.
In the live action version I would look like Cpt. Kasidy Yates, (points at avatar) and I would wear fabulous hats, and all the male characters would be played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, and there would be fun and explosions. I think that would be hard to pull off, though, because my story would really have to be interwoven with my fandoms over the years…
In the animated version I would look like an animated version of a blend of Cpt. Kasidy Yates, and Toph, and Djaq from Robin Hood. Or maybe all those and more on different days? And I would have tentacles. And wear fabulous hats.
Maybe it could be an animated series? And you fabulous Slacktivite and Ramblite and other online friends would be make guest appearances? Hey, maybe it could be something where we’re all superheroes? Maybe I will write some of this and post it in the writing thing later on. If you give me permission to put you in it, let me know.
My life is generally the kind that is nice when living it but makes for a dull story.
If you give me permission to put you in it, let me know.
Now there’s a tricky question. Which is strongest: the curiosity to see what you’d do, the creepiness of doppelgangers, the despising of OOC-ness in general? (Of course, that last bit depends on how well you could pull it off.)
(I know someone who once granted permission for a deliberately-bad crackship fic involving zir and appeared to feel only (or at least primarily) amusement at the result, but that is definitely not me.)
I think my online persona is pretty close to my standard one, but I tend to be a little more argumentative online (only a little). What’s different is the people I hang out with. There’s a lot more religious diversity in my online associates than my real life ones, and there are a lot more explicitly feminist spaces and people. (Recently, a workmate of mine remarked that she wasn’t a feminist because she liked wearing skirts, which confused me.)
On the Internet, as in real life, I wear silly hats and spend a lot of time being very earnest. I’m also very geeky but often feel left out of geek conversations as I don’t watch television, play computer games, or own any gadgets. All geeks these days seem to be all about Dr Who, which I’d probably enjoy if I watched it, but I don’t, so meh. I am, however, finally getting a gadget. My ZTE (Firefox OS) smartphone should be arriving soon, to replace my existing phone which recently decided it wasn’t going to charge any more. I’m not sure how “non-standard geekiness” should be portrayed in a film. Perhaps I should mention that I sometimes read technical specifications for the fun of it, and leave it at that.
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