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Hoax Versus Spoof: Understanding the Value of Satire

Hoax Versus Spoof: Understanding the Value of Satire

AND NOW YOU'LL KNOW... THE REST OF THE STORY


I've always thought of myself as a non-fiction writer. Professional, but not creative. Someone who deals primarily in the interpretation of technical material for an educated, but primarily non-technical audience.

I don't write novels. I don't write short stories. I don't write poetry at least, not seriously.

What I do write is expository prose:

Nonfiction, unrhymed text that has the goal of explaining or informing ... as a traditional essay, a letter to the editor, a documented research paper, a Web document, or a press release...

English Department, Kent State University in Advanced Writing Course Syllabus

More than 800 articles published in print, as a staff and freelance magazine writer and editor. Several hundred more pieces published on digital media, on my own web and blog site, as well as on blog sites owned by others, LinkedIn, Medium, and now beBee.

However, through the years, satire and comedy beckoned to me with a unique siren call. Writers like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, and  Woody Allen (before he decided to get it on with his "adopted" daughter) made me wish in my heart of hearts I could write dialogue, quips, and punch lines like they could.

Of course, I do understand that satire and comedy are not one in the same.  Although both require a very high level of writing skill, comedy is simply funny, whereas satire is edgy and carries an underlying message, social, political, or otherwise. I could go on for a long time about this, and I will to some extent later in this article, but for now let me stay with the story.


I write because I'm Able...

Jim Able on LinkedIn

Hoax Versus Spoof: Understanding the Value of Satire

I began publishing on LinkedIn's new long-post platform in April, 2014. And my posts on topics to the industry in which I operate my core business, were fairly successful. Gathering more attention within my industry than did my independently published blog posts. And leading to an expansion of my industry and customer contacts worldwide. So, I was pretty pleased... for a while.

Then slowly, as I read the traffic on LinkedIn, I began to feel restless. The level of what I have dubbed Insipidipity was going way up, with all manner of vapid material being published by incredibly self-impressed people. I wanted to write scathing commentary. But I felt it would not be well received, and so didn't.


I was also reluctant to have all that more or less potential acrimony attached to my professional profile, as is done on LinkedIn. Consequently, I struck on the idea of creating a pseudonymous member profile on LI, and using that to write some satirical posts that would poke fun at all the foibles exemplified on LinkedIn by members, myself included.

Enter Jim Able. I created a pseudonymous persona, a former academic turned freelance writer who had "rewired, rather than retired."  And I began writing and publishing satire on LinkedIn with, if I say so myself, a fair amount of success, with post views running much of the time over a thousand, occasionally breaking 5,000. My satirical posts were picked up several times by different Pulse feature channels, and were running relatively quite high levels of engagement. I was having a ball, with my only regret being I was, of necessity, deceiving some of my online writer friends. Then very suddenly LinkedIn shut down Jim Able's account. Poof. No account. No further publishing. No access to Jim Able's library of posts, not even for me.

All attempts to communicate with LI representatives about the situation went absolutely nowhere. According to them "fake" profiles were not allowed, and the T&C allowed a person to have only a single profile. And by the way, you're not allowed to use a photo that is not of you, nor an avatar, nor a logo. Never mind that these rules are broken daily, even hourly by literally tens of thousand of users on LinkedIn.

And never mind that Jim Able's profile photo was clear and openly intended to disguise a real identity. And never mind that his profile listed only some of his writing and warned readers specifically that "...what you see is what you get." Or that there was never any intent to defraud anyone of anything.

Finally, I concluded that they didn't like my poking fun at the insipid, self-obsessed, self-certifying, and ridiculously self-impressed bull chip artists who comprised a significant portion of the online population on LinkedIn, and were such ready targets for satire.

That, however, is not my point in mentioning that particular situation here. The details of Jim Able's story are available  for anyone who is interested at Linked In-Justice.

No, my point in mentioning the situation here is to illustrate that the people I was dealing with, or at least trying to deal with at LinkedIn had absolutely no understanding about the difference between a hoax and a spoof, or between a scam and an innocent deception firmly rooted in literary tradition and exemplified by such well known writers as Mark Twain (Samuel T. Clemens), John LeCarre (David Cornwell), and George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair). It was like talking to the wall.

Actually, it was worse than talking to the wall... since, at least, a wall doesn't say inanely stupid things back to you...

Hoax Versus Spoof: Understanding the Value of Satire


Hoaxes and scams are by definition intended to deceive, scams moreover for the purpose of getting money out of people...

Merriam Webster Dictionary

I recently posted on both LinkedIn and beBee the satiric news spoof seen above. The reactions were interesting, both in their individual nature and when compared as groups between the two social media platforms.

An embarrassing high percentage of readers on LinkedIn thought it was for real. They just didn't notice that the logo says "CNNN", nor that the tagline refers to the "Cable Neverland News Network". Nor any of an additional more than half dozen clear clues, no not clues, signs in the text of the bulletin. Even when some of them did notice, they commented that the piece was full of "typos".

A few commenters who recognized that the post was not for real, said they figured it out because "... the author was dumb enough to mispell Microsoft as Macrosoft, Federal as Feral, LinkedIn as LinkedIt, and Jeff Weiner as Jiff Weener. At which point, you are asking yourself, "WTF?"

Ya know, it's not just that these people rely overly much on images, and don't really read. It's that they don't understand what a spoof  is.

A spoof makes fun of something but does not seek ultimately to fool anyone...  mislead momentarily, perhaps... but not fool...

Hoax Versus Spoof: Understanding the Value of SatireUnderstanding that provides, I submit, some insight, as well, into the nature and value of satire. Satire is also not intended to fool. For example, when Tina Fey impersonated Sarah Palin on SNL, the goal was not to convince people that she was Sarah Palin. the goal was to look enough like Palin to catch the audience's eye and get them to look twice, then focus on the underlying message or theme.

To my mind, satire is first and foremost a logical reductio ad absurdum making a point by taking a premise or other statement or position to its extreme logical conclusion(s), and thereby exposing that premise, statement, or position as untenable.


Now, if you've stuck with me right through to this point...  you're probably not a millennial with the attention span of a gnat. And if you laughed at that because you're not a millennial, and yet can still remember what we're talking about, then you'll likely recognize the duality of the underlying messagewhich, sorry, I am not going to explain to you.

In closing, let me leave you with this: If I am preaching anything it is that we all need to pay attention to the substance of what we read and watch. And when it comes to matters of published news and opinion, we need to work to overcome the urge to fasten on the images in front of us, while we assume things about what we're reading or watching.

And if you think that advice is trite and unnecessary, watch how many complaints are going to come in accusing me of oneor more of the following:  1) being political, 2) laying a smear on Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, 3) posting a dumb, poorly done Photoshopped image of Trump and Palin, 4) trying to trick people into thinking Sarah Palin is down on Donald Trump, 5) being a dumb-ass for supporting Darrell Hammond and Tina Fey for President and Vice President of the United States, or 6) being unpatriotic for not wanting to make America great again by walling it off from the rest of the world.

Now you know... the rest of the story...

Paul Harvey in The Rest of the Story radio show sign-off

Hoax Versus Spoof: Understanding the Value of SatireAs to Jim Able and his satirical writings, if you've looked at the blog page at the other end of the link given earlier, and paid attention to what I've written here, you do now know the rest of the story.

And if you think you seen the last of my satirical writing, however much you might want that to be the case, you're wrong.

For wherever in the world there lives over the self-seriousness, wherever conceit and self-adulation reside, there shall I go via my writing, to right these and other wrongs, to... Oh, bull chips. Who are we kidding?  — Phil Friedman


Author's notes:  First thing to notice is that the photo above is of Paul Harvey, not Cory Galbraith, who is my nominee for the lead (in drag) in the upcoming remake of the movie The Goodbye Girl.


Next, I want to dedicate this post to my writer-friends who accepted and stuck by me after finding out about the true identity of Jim Able. I never wanted to deceive you, but I felt that Jim had to grow his satiric wings on his own, and that was the only way. Those writer-friends are among the best bloggers around and include Andrew Books, Milos Djukic, John White, and all the early members of the LinkedIn group writers4writers, too numerous to mention here, but locked in my memory forever
or at least for as long as Jim Murray continues to share his Aricept with me. (And no, Jim is not a pseudonymous creation of mine; no mind, satiric or otherwise, could be so perverse as do engage in that deception.)


This post is a continuation of my "If I Say So Myself" series of philosophical musings with an edge. An index of some of my previously published philosophical reflections can be found at"

"If I Do Say So Myself —  An Index of Blog Posts"

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Feel free to "like" and "share" this post and my other LinkedIn articles — whether on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+, provided only that you credit me properly as the author, and include a live link to my original post.


About me, Phil Friedman:  With 30 some years background in the marine industry, I've worn numerous hats — as a yacht designer, boat builder, marine operations and business manager, marine industry consultant, marine marketing and communications specialist, yachting magazine writer and editor, yacht surveyor, and marine industry educator. I am also trained and experienced in interest-based negotiation and mediation. In a previous life, I taught logic and philosophy at university.


Hoax Versus Spoof: Understanding the Value of SatireThe (optional-to-read) pitch: As a professional writer, editor, university educator, and speaker, with more than 1,000 print and digital publications, I've recently launched an online program for enhancing your expository writing: learn2engage — With Confidence. My mission is to help writers and would-be writers improve the clarity of their thought, master the logic of discussion, and strengthen their ability to deal confidently with disagreement.

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Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

4 years ago #59

#78
GO CUBS!!! ( https://www.bebee.com/content/933468/896064 )

don kerr

don kerr

4 years ago #58

LMFAO#80

Randy Keho

Randy Keho

4 years ago #57

#79
Hillary's from Illinois and we've already had five former governors serve prison time. I hope there's plenty of security around that brass ring.

don kerr

don kerr

4 years ago #56

#78
if the Clevelands win it will have been rigged that's for damn sure. Just like the Trumpzis will say about next Tuesday when HC grabs the brass ring. Whaddya thinka that my friend Randy Keho?

Randy Keho

Randy Keho

4 years ago #55

#77
So, if the Cubs win the World Series tonight, will it be a scam, a satire, or a spoof? It couldn't possibly be for real, can it?

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

4 years ago #54

#76
Thank you, Kevin Pashuk, for resurrecting this older post of mine. I will be meeting your challenge by doing the same with posts by several writers. Cheers!

Kevin Pashuk

Kevin Pashuk

4 years ago #53

Continuing to share classics posts from the past... Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #52

#71
Donna-Luisa Eversley, you are truly too kind. For I am but a simple ChatBot. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #51

#72
yes, Gerald Hecht, it's secretly known as LinkedUp.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #50

#69
I agree, Sarah Elkins, and I think its been getting worse, due to the rewiring of our brains by social media. I notice more and more people focusing on images and reading less as they scroll rapidly through their feeds. I remember when I was a kid, before I could read, and simply looked at the pictures in comic books. Made up the stories in my head. And was astounded when I learned to read, and went back to those same comic books, at how mistaken I was about the stories. Duh! Thanks for reading and commenting. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

5 years ago #49

Shared on LI & Facebook. When I worked at the circulation desk at our library, I was struck by how many people who read don't actually READ. We would put up signs like "these DVD cases are locked. Please check out at the desk, do not use self checkout." And every single day we'd have many, many people come to the desk and ask us to unlock the case after checking the item out at the self checkout stations.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #48

#66
Not every use of a pseudonymous profile has nefarious intent. Thank you for reading and commenting. My sense is that you, like me, do not hesitate to speak candidly, but also cannot abide bullying. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #47

#65
Thank you @Claire Cardwell for speaking out. I think the comments speak for themselves.

Claire L Cardwell

Claire L Cardwell

5 years ago #46

#26
Phil Friedman there is no place for bullies on social media, this guy is showing himself up and no doubt will be severely limiting himself for future business opportunities.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #45

#61
@Gerald Hecht - I think you mean to write "levity", not "brevity" and were tripped up by the autocorrector. But I do understand what you are saying, and I thank you for speaking out. The troll in question has been doing this for years, not only to me, but to many others. And most people see it for what it is, but do not speak out because of concern that they will become the next target of his scurrilous attacks. More the pity. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #44

Robert Bacal, you are a pathetic troll and liar. I watched for years as you bullied and attacked tens of people on LinkedIn, yet never once saw you make a comment of genuine substance. Yet, the fact is, I never made a comment on any of your posts, but only responses to denigrating and ad hominem comments which you initiated, sometimes addressed to me, but often addressed to others. If I have a failing, it is that I refuse to overlook the remarks of trollish bullies like you. For the record, in acting upon a "complaint" from some anonymous party, LinkedIn suspended my account for 48 hours pending confirmation of my profile identity as legitimate and checked the nature of my posts. After which my account was reinstated with full privileges and an apology for the inconvenience. But even if that hadn't been the case, I would consider a dispute with LinkedIn as a badge of honor, since it is an experience shared by a number of the writers on LinkedIn and now beBee, for whom I have the utmost respect. As to my dispute with LI concerning the Jim Able account, no further discussion is necessary as I have several times laid out the details. In the end, my work (and that of Jim Able) speaks for itself. So do my background and professional experience. As does your scurrilous behavior here on this comments thread, as well as elsewhere. And say, let those reading decide for themselves. I reiterate my heartfelt advice to you: Get a life, buster.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #43

Robert Bacall, you are a Pathetic troll and an obsessed liar. LI suspended my account for 2'days while I supplied them proof of identity. However, if it gives you some sort of sick satisfaction to think that you caused more trouble than you did, you are welcome to your small-minded delusions. For anyway, I would see a disagreement with LI as a badge of honor. And my work speaks for itself. I repeat, you really need to get a life.

Jim Murray

Jim Murray

5 years ago #42

So what I'm getting out of all this is that Phil does satirical stuff sometimes and Robert basically basically doesn't get that. Hmmmm.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #41

#53
@Andrea Luquesi Scott - I can only say that if you do it on LinkedIn be careful to keep copies of all your work. Other there is a chance you will have to try to negotiate with a sub-human apparatchik. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #40

#50
Milos Djukic ha ;-) !!

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

5 years ago #39

or "Three hundred ways how and why Millennials generation will only remain eternal" :)

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

5 years ago #38

Lisa Gallagher, now the most legitimate news source is LinkedIn :)

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #37

#45
Phil Friedman you are always a ray of sunshine.

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

5 years ago #36

#44
Phil Friedman. An optimist is one who believe in people without reasonable cause. If so, then I am an optimist. I think I have reasonable grounds this time and I'm not overly optimistic about your social functioning and writing. "Reductio ad absurdum"

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #35

#40
Gerald Hecht, if I had run into you when I was still an academic, I might still be one -- as life would have been much more zany and wacky. That, BTW, is a compliment. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #34

#41
Yes, Paul Walters. I start the day with CNN, which seems to be to be a kind of satirical self-characature of a news organization. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #33

#43
Yes, Milos Djukic, I remember that, and I think I will look for it again in my files.Thank you for being so kind as to remember and remind me. As well your words to me are very kind, although your view of me and my writing may be overly optimistic. Cheers!

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

5 years ago #32

#4
Phil Friedman, I have send you one post by Jim Able after expulsion. Do you remember that? :)

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

5 years ago #31

Phil Friedman, my friend... For me, the human spirit is boundless source of inspiration. Each aspect of the game that was intelligently driven is always more than welcome. This is just a manifestation of the sublime ideas: No-Muzak and satire above all :) You're different.

Paul Walters

Paul Walters

5 years ago #30

Ah, a little satire is the best way to start the day!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #29

#36
Gerald Hecht - Fear not, I would never apologize to you, particularly in print. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #28

#35
Laurent BOSCHERINI, thank you for reading and commenting, and for the kind words. I don't really think it is a matter of smarts, just one of lasting long enough. Cheers!

Laurent Boscherini

Laurent Boscherini

5 years ago #27

Thank you Phil Friedman for sharing your insightful and educational approach. Once I called you "Jim" but I wasn't sure... Very smart as usual.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #26

Thank you, @Wayne Yoshida, for reading and commenting, and for the kind words and wisdom. My motto, however, is "Don't confuse me with the facts, " and "Wisdom fills an infinitely empty vessel very slowly." Well, I guess that's two mottos. The last is taken from the philosophy of Chung King. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@phil-friedman/six-life-lessons-for-today-from-chung-king . Cheers!

Wayne Yoshida

Wayne Yoshida

5 years ago #25

Yay Phil Friedman - thanks for your efforts to educate. You have a ton of patience. I often run across folks that simply don't get it. Not sure how they are wired inside, but sometimes you just gotta roll your eyes, give a long sigh, and move on. Sort of like something someone said to me a long time ago: "You can never win an argument with someone who doesn't know what they are talking about." And, "Sometimes it's not enough to know you are right, sometimes you have to convince the other person you are not wrong."

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #24

#31
Thank you, Don Kerr, for reading and commenting, and for the kind words. Being able to interact with people like you is what makes the effort -- and, yes, pain -- of writing worthwhile. Cheers on this Father's Day weekend.

don kerr

don kerr

5 years ago #23

Brilliant Phil Friedman. A poke in the eye with a sharp quip will always enrage the dullards. Love this essay. One of your best sir.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #22

#28
Thank you Franci Eugenia Hoffman for reading and commenting. Your support is valued, as always. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #21

#27
@Georgina Penfold - Thank you for the kind words and for reading and commenting even when you may have a criticism to express. I made a lot of good online friends on LinkedIn, some of whom are now here; and I hope to make a bunch of new friends on beBee. Cheers!

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Hmmmm, I find the comments in this buzz movie worthy. Great buzz Phil Friedman. I enjoyed it.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #19

#23
Thanks @Gerald Hecht, but Dean Owen is right. Attacks of this sort should simply be ignored by all of us, including me. Unfortunately, I have always had difficulty ignoring bullies.. I commit to trying to do better in that respect, and aplogize to you all here for the distateful exchange. Cheers!

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #18

#24
She wouldn't, but my youngest one who is a bit of a gnat/nat would.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #17

#21
Dean Owen, but would she accept "Gnat"?

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #16

#16
Good questions all, Paul \. Jim Able's final piece was one in which he questioned LI's self-appointed CEOs, using statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. The main point was that LinkedIn's stats about member demographics are pure bull chips. And it was that, I still believe, which kept the from reinstating Jim Able's account. For surely they couldn't be concerned about fake profiles, or they would have done something about the literally tens, if not hundreds of thousands of them in use. But seriously, my apologies to Natalie. I sometimes get carried away with myself. Cheers!

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #15

#16
Correct Paul-sensei, my daughter's name is Nathalie, and she hates being called Nat!

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #14

Now now gents, let's not do this here, this is not LinkedIn!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #13

#17
No, @Gerald Hecht, it is that comment from the Jackal is not a spoof. He is the only person I ever blocked on LinkedIn, not because he is critical of my writing or me, but because he is so freakin' boring. Always the same distorted assertions. Always the self-impressed, self-righteous bully bullshit. Thanks for being concerned. But not to worry. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #12

#13
Thank you Paul \, for the support and kind words. One would think a real writer would have more to do than troll around all the time. It's unfortunate that this inexplicable personal vendetta has found its way here. But I guess, once a Troll, always a Troll. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #11

#11
Robert Bacal, you have always behaved as a pathetic, mean-spirited little man who spends all of his time attacking the authors of posts without presenting an iota of rational agrument, while at the same time recommending on those very posts which you deem to be crap (why are you reading them) that people instead read (and buy) your vapid little books, and representing yourself as a "best selling author" on Amazon -- a claim that has now been roundly debunked as being applied automatically by Amazon to just about every one of its self-publishing authors irrespective of any sales statistics. Get a life, buddy.

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #10

#11
Robert Bacal, you have always behaved as a pathetic, mean-spirited little man who spends all of his time attacking the authors of posts without presenting an iota of rational agrument, while at the same time recommending on those very posts which you deem to be crap (why are you reading them) that people instead read (and buy) your vapid little books, and representing yourself as a "best selling author" on Amazon -- a claim that has now been roundly debunked as being applied automatically by Amazon to just about every one of its self-publishing authors irrespective of any sales statistics. W

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #9

#9
Pascal, you won't, because when the account is closed access to the posts is blocked. Google+ and others show the links, but if you click on them, you simply end up at a different pulse article. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

5 years ago #8

Funny I have never come across Jim Able on LI this is wicked :-) I will pass on commenting on the front line help desk :-)

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #7

Happy to assist, Phil Friedman. Of course we should first negotiate terms of payment #6

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #6

I never met "Jim Able" on Linkedin- I would have loved to see your satirical writing. I will be the first to admit and many who know me can attest to the fact that I am a bit naive when it comes to satire. Not stupid, naive. My brother loves to play head games with me and he gets me almost every time when he sounds believable. It's OK, you can laugh at me. I laugh at myself. Let me state for the record: It depends on the topic because there are times I completely understand something to be satirical in nature. It's a shame LI removed your writing or at the least would not respond to your requests to turn over your content if even on their terms. One of my problems is that I take some people too serious and that's something I've been working on with a fervor. :))

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #5

#5
Thanks, Ken Boddie, for reading and commenting. And for the puns. They convinced me that you are up for the job, so I have posted a re-direct to you at beBee for all the hate mail I receive on a fairly regular basis. Cheers!

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #4

Another informative and entertaining buzz from the inimitable JF. Glad I was 'Able' to read it. Your expository prose makes mine 'Palin' comparison. 😀 👍

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #3

Dean Owen, yes, there were several really frustrating things about the situation. 1) That the apparatchiks in customer service (at LinkedIn that is an oxymoron used mostly by morons) could not understand the distinction between a "fake" profile used for nefarious purposes and a pseudonymous profile for the legitimate literary purposes. 2) That (my fault) I had no back up of the posts, and when they shut down the account, those posts, some of my best satiric writing, just disappeared. And 3) I could not find anyone at LinkedIn to respond to my requests to turn the account on for an hour or two at a pre-arranged time so that I could at least download those posts, which according to their own statements were supposed to remain my property. Thank you for reading and commenting, and for understanding. Glad to be on beBee, and glad to see old friends and be making new ones here. Cheers!

Phil Friedman

Phil Friedman

5 years ago #2

#1
Robyn Shulman - yours are very kind words, of the sort that make the effort and pain of writing worthwhile. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. It is always good to hear from you, and I am pleased to see your "stuff" here on beBee. Cheers!

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #1

Classic - "you're probably not a millennial with the attention span of a gnat" - Since I have only known you recently, I did not know about the Jim Able story. I am surprised they shut it down, but am not surprised that they don't shut down the legions of existing fake profiles (they need the numbers!). Microsoft needs to ask how many of the 430m profiles have a profile picture (I would guess 10% just by looking through all the John Smith's) How many accounts have not logged in for more than a year (this will run into the tens of millions). How many job titles are accurate. Clearly shutting down Able was an injustice that goes against the spirit of publishing. Would they close down an account under Richard Bachman ( a pen name used by Stephen King to author 7 books)?

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