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23 June 2006 @ 03:44 pm
I can't look away...  
I can't stop following the Sockpuppet Saga. I don't even know any of these people. I follow enough HP meta to recognize the names, but that's all, and it's still fascinating, in a sort of slimy, political way.

But now we all have a recipe for moving to the top of Fandom:
Make two sockpuppets to fangirl you. Make still MORE sockpuppets to troll you and earn sympathy from the big fans. Make up shit to get more sympathy. Set fandom factions against each other. And watch it all boil. All to win a seat at the "Popular Table" where the truly vicious play.

AMAZING

Now I've seen some fandom stuff in my time, flame wars and all-round nastiness, and that's why I prefer the fringes. But this wins, no question.

Among all the various comments and all, I especially like this different take on it:
mikkeneko : MsScribe, the Fandom Mary Sue .

In yet more wanky news, M. Night Shymalan's book about his break with Disney just hit the front page of the LA Times. Yes, the LA Times actually has what we would consider wank on the front page. But it's funny, because it's seems pretty clear from the article that the whole break would never have happened if he'd actually had someone read the first draft of 'Lady in the water' before the execs did, so they didn't have to be the ones to tell him it sucked. Or in other words, he needs a beta reader who is not his wife.
 
 
 
Panthera: WTF levelpanthology on June 23rd, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
Just on a hunch, and for curiosity's sake, have a read up on narcissistic personality disorder. I discovered this because of a particular psycho I had to deal with, and I'm wondering if this is what's with Msscribe.

http://mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=560&cn=8

http://www.angelfire.com/ego/narcissism/
lizardbeth: Markuslizardbeth_j on June 23rd, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
I would say yes, with a capital "Hell yeah". I went down the list and they all track. Particularly the lack of empathy and envy, given the accusations that the cancer-stricken woman was making up her illness. It wasn't just that she was vicious and mean, but I think she was also jealous that somebody had a more tragic story than she did. Also in her mind, the story couldn't possibly be true becauase hers were all b.s. and here was one that was even more wrenching.

But I am so sorry you had to deal with anyone like this. I know you've alluded to it before, but I hope it's all done with now. It's amazing how the internet can be the greatest place for meeting people, and yet there's always the nut-jobs that come in and manage to make so many people miserable.

At least in this case, a few people were paying attention and she wasn't quite as smart as she thought she was, so they could nail her eventually. It's awful that it took so long though.

love the Mulder icon, btw. very appropriate.
Panthera: Squickedpanthology on June 24th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
I'm reading through it, and even the tone and wording of her posts are the same. The 'toddler' and the 'nebulous enemies', the 'well, people have told me so often how good I am ... ' It all fits.

I doubt mine is gone for good, but now I know what I'm dealing with if it ever comes back I'm ready for it ;}
Selmak: otpselmak on June 25th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
>>A narcissistic individual displays beliefs and behaviors that indicate a sense of 'specialness' or 'uniqueness.' He expects favorable treatment from others and wants automatic compliance with his requests. For instance he does not feel he should be made to wait in line and expects to be the center of attention. He is mystified when he does not get what he wants. If an individual disappoints him then he will devalue that person.

Boy, this sounds someone I've dealt with :) now I have a name for it!
Panthera: Babypanthology on June 25th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
Pleased to be of help ;}