Real Person Becomes Walking Hoax Story Because Fuck You

by evanmcmurry

A Dutch college student says she faked a five-week trip to South East Asia, fooling everyone from her Facebook friends to her family. But don’t worry: she did it all to expose the fragility of truth in our decadent selfie world:

The reasons behind her actions, however, are noble: it was all part of a university project, in which she wanted to show how Facebook activity is not necessarily reflective of real life.

Speaking to media in her home country, she said: “I did this to show people that we filter and manipulate what we show on social media, and that we create an online world which reality can no longer meet.

“My goal was to prove how common and easy it is to distort reality. Everybody knows that pictures of models are manipulated. But we often overlook the fact that we manipulate reality also in our own lives.”

This is the smug postmodern-parachute logic behind sites like Daily Currant and National Report, but stretched over someone’s life. Basically anybody can tell any lie they want and you’re the artificial one for believing it.