Two things that I believe are universally true:
- We all have a history, good or bad
- We all have an existence (although not necessarily a life) outside of the internet.
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We all have private lives, past mistakes, previous subcultural affiliations and many people's presentation on the internet is an adopted persona rather than an accurate representation of what that person is actually like. At the very least, an internet persona is no more than a snapshot of a facet of a person's life.
This may sound obvious, but I'm sure we've all witnessed the backlash when somebody 'internet-famous' moves on from a style or subculture and is then accused of 'betraying' their fans. If people who don't have an internet fanbase should happen to change their style, the most they can expect is some teasing from their friends, but on the internet it's instant drama and an entry on Encylopaedia Dramatica about how they 'sold out'.
(Note: I am not referring to those who change their image or the direction of their blog to promote or sell a product... I don't really have an opinion on this but I'm sure that people do it and I'm just as sure that others would describe it as 'selling out'.)
I'm mentioning all this because a fellow blogger drew attention to the past internet antics of a well-known online Gothy-type, as documented by those oh-so-charming folks at Encyclopaedia Dramatica. I'm happy to accept that people's tastes and styles change, but I do attempt to steer clear of scammers and attention-seekers, and as such have been disappointed on several occasions by the back stories of people I have purchased from or even linked to.
So, essentially, this is a note to say that whilst I may not know all the history and gossip of people I admire and who I talk about, link to or feature on this blog, I will never condone or knowingly promote animal abusers, scammers, pro-anorexia, drug use or general lies and ignorance. Again, I'm sure this is obvious but I'm throwing it out there to clarify.
The people I choose to link to or promote I do so because I like what I see at face value. I am learning that it may at times be wise to check more thoroughly (or at least make sure they don't have an entry on Encylopaedia Dramatica).
In addition, a disclaimer: Opinions of people who comment here and whose videos or links or blog posts are featured here belong to those people alone and are not necessarily the same as my own, nor do I endorse them. They are simply that - other people's opinions.
I don't claim to know the full story about anyone else online, but I do always try to bear in mind: what is written on the internet is not necessarily fact!