AP061026036576There appears to be a growing epidemic of cranky creative types taking to the Internet to defend themselves from amateur critics.
Some are shameless in their self-promotion; others operate under the veil of anonymity.
Until they get busted, that is. This is what happened to Dilbert creator Scott Adams last week, in a public humiliation storyline that would suit a certain workplace drone comic strip character of his own creation. Adams was revealed to have been using an online pseudonym to bash message board users who did not have nice things to say about him.
In a world in which more and more celebrities are breaking down the digital barriers between famous and fan, the incident served to underscore the temptation, ease--and risk--of becoming your own biggest booster online.
The backstory: An individual posting as "PlannedChaos" recently rushed to the defense of Adams on the website MetaFilter, where users were panning the much-derided cartoonist, calling his intelligence into question. Gawker, in a post last Friday, outlined some of the suspiciously vigorous vindications.
Exhibit A: "He has a certified genius I.Q." Exhibit B: "Is it Adams' enormous success at self-promotion that makes you jealous and angry?" Exhibit C: "It's fair to say you disagree with Adams. But you can't rule out the hypothesis that you're too dumb to understand what he's saying."
Alas, the MetaFilter users eventually called PlannedChaos out, and Adams confessed that he was indeed behind the mask. But that wasn't the last of it.Read More »from The demotion of Dilbert continues, no comic relief for creator