It’s a mistake to think that our online and IRL lives are separate


Before deepfakes and alternative facts, the online world was already telling us fibs. In our series Lies the Internet Told Me, we call ’em all out.

The rules are different there, we repeatedly insist as we draw a line in the sand between what happens online and IRL. 

“In Real Life” is meant to suggest our digital lives are separate from our physical ones — that how we comport ourselves while wading through the internet muck has no impact on our tangible, meaty selves.

As all too many of us have realized, often with disastrous consequences, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Read more…

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