|Photographic rendition of the Syrian Flag|
We live in a unique day and age when we can form emotional connections and bonds of commradery with persons that we very likely will never meet thanks to the far-reaching accessibility of the internet. And while we don't ever share face-to-face interactions with said persons, many of us who maintain these e-friendships will admit that it doesn't minimize the quality of such connections. Or so we think [apparantly]...
What happens, then, when the honesty of a relationship is solely one-sided? The author of the Gay Girl blog posted quite the lengthy apology-- admitting that his intentions were sincere at the start and that a snowball-effect caused it to get out of hand. And while this will blow over quite quickly in the fast-paced world of the Media, I sit here stunned and feeling foolish. I wonder why this is any different than someone who impersonates another in the physical world [whatever the intentions]? Were this not cyberspace, would this man not be charged with a crime?
Is it any less hurtful because of the medium chosen? It sure doesn't feel that way to me.