It only takes two people to make a lie work; one to tell it and another to believe it. I agree with @latentexistence that it really is “scary that some people go to such effort to construct false identities” online.
In his expose on the fake Twitter identity @LordCredo, blogger Peter makes the following assessment “The sheer amount of drama and chaos going on in one person’s life didn’t seem plausible.” I can definitely see where he is coming from on one level. But what Credo has done was credible if only for the simple reason that this is the Digital Age where even State Secrets aren’t secret, Reality TV is king and Kiss-and-Tells sell for big bucks along with abuse memoirs. And then there are the professional internet money-makers who can write a book and organise an over-priced seminar on a beta service and rake it in from those suckered by his big name “guru” brand. There are far too many people who are rich and famous only because of such dubious achievements and the willingness of the masses to buy into them.. High drama is easily believable simply because we are bombarded with so much of it presented as truth every day. The days were things were merely whispered about behind closed doors are long gone.
However, too many of us really do either have horrendous lives over which we have no control or simply go through periods of one disaster after another. There are always people who are very honest about their lives, perhaps even brutally so, even if other people don’t really want to hear it. Indeed, I say this someone who has gone through more than I care to think about in my 10+ years of residency here in the UK alone. One of the more stinging examples was having certain difficulties and not being believed by former friends, employers, colleagues and GPs. Attempted suicide aside and life-threatening illness aside, the mountain of factual documentation which I’ve had to submit to various entities to get help with my disabilities since then underscores just how ill-thought their judgements were.
The big problem with the Credo situation is that he not only ingratiated himself with the great and the good of British politics, he had no compunction about taking advantage of it. Some people do lie about the epic levels of drama and chaos that comprises their life but many others most definitely are not. The disabled community on Twitter has far more of the latter than the former. I am pleased that we can and do put aside our personal difficulties to help out those of us in need. Luck aside, the only reason why my latest housing crisis turned out better than I could have prayed for was due to two of my TBofB colleagues @BendyGirl and @queeniejelly and the one former colleague who didn’t dump me as a real-life close friend when everyone else kicked me to the proverbial curb. I dread to think about what would have happened had these three generous souls not come to my aid.
There are no easy answers for how best to judge such situations when they happen around. When in doubt, we many have to simply trust our instincts about any perceived red flags. These are very difficult and dark times for us all. We cannot depend on our leaders or others entrusted with our welfare. Whist it is profoundly disturbing situation for all personally affected, I do hope that this expose of @Lord_Credo doesn’t negatively impact our ability to be compassionate and supportive where it is genuinely needed.