On Facebook recently a friend asked others to make up a story about how they met her and post it. I noticed a couple others doing something similar.
The request was made in fun and the results an interesting exercise in creative writing.
What struck me, however, was the potential for confusion. Even when others aren’t intentionally making things up, I’ve noticed how inaccurate accounts can be, especially once they’ve been passed on through others.
I have a hard time remembering where I had lunch on Friday, so I never sign up for ambiguity and confusion, nor invite it.
Julia Allison is famous for making herself famous. This is an example of self-promotion, if you will, trumping self to promote.
Maybe unreality management is the inevitable next step. If our reality isn’t interesting enough, then make something up that will be more interesting and viral.
For me, making up stories about “how we met” would be an interesting parlor game (given enough adult beverages), but I’m not tracking with the concept as a social media device.
Managing reality is hard enough for most of us.