Compassion in a Virtual State of Nature: Catfish The TV Show and Philosophy

Compassion in a Virtual State of Nature  Catfish The TV Show and Philosophy By Randee Melançon and Jérôme Melançon To “catfish” is for a person to engage in an online relationship on the basis of lies about parts or all of who they are. With no government law or authority to appeal to, victims of…

Catfish the Television Show and the Social Element of Selves

Our sense of self may just be malleable enough to where we could come to identify (at least temporarily) with the characteristics of online profiles; the more others respond to us as the characters we’ve created, the more we might come to internalize a sense of self that resembles the character. While this does not mean that we’ll likely ever mistake ourselves consciously for the character, we might temporarily forget (when talking to others) that the “us” others see is anyone other than “us in RL.”