TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Last Laugh! Honesty on the Internet

Re: Last Laugh! Honesty on the Internet

Barry Margolin (
Sat, 16 Apr 2005 21:49:36 -0400

In article <>,
TELECOM Digest Editor <> wrote:

> Two editorial cartoons you may enjoy, and perhaps relate to personally.

I prefer the class "On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog".

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA
*** PLEASE post questions in newsgroups, not directly to me ***

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: At least with 'no one knows you are a
dog', probably no one asked, so no one volunteered, therefore no one
should be surprised or disappointed. But with the chat rooms, many
of them like Yahoo and AOL seem to be predicated on the all-important
questions of life: 'm or f, how old', and the trouble and the deceit
only gets worse from there. A couple months ago, a kid named Eric, a
friend of Lisa and her husband, was over here day after day; he wanted
to always 'check his email' and do a little chatting on Yahoo Messenger.
It was cool with Lisa, so I let him sit here for an hour or so at a
time doing his thing. The payoff came this weekend, when all eager, he
came around and told me his 'new friend' was coming down from Wichita
for the weekend. It turns out his new friend was at least twenty years
older than the Yahoo Profile would indicate, and a bit more plump,
etc. Poor Eric was crushed :( and _he_ had sent reasonably recent and
accurate photos of himself, etc. I told him, trying to be courteous
and polite about it, "welcome to the real world of honesty and the
internet". PAT]

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