Dear Helen Hartman,
I would love you forever if you could make “the media” stop talking about that poor football player who got fooled by a fake online sweetheart..
Everyone I know (online and off) thought it was vaguely interesting for about 2 seconds and was over it. But “the media"... and one person... can't let it go. Can’t mention her name (hint turn WOW upside down) but she is now sure no one online is who they say they are and I am in constant danger of being ‘catfished’. If “the media” would just shut up I think she would eventually get back to trying to get me to eat better and do something with my hair.
Dear Loved (and not on the condition that you do something for me therefore I win at love and even as I type am doing the Superiority Shuffle) One,
What is so wrong with meeting people on the web? That’s the only place you’ll find Helen.
|You mean when you're not stripped down to your pastey white skin lying around on a Navy ship |
on family visitation day waiting for some savvy seaman
to bring you a Harvey Wallbanger?
Though I do marvel that THIS is the thing you are doing that has your mother worried. Does she not know about the time you…
|Oh, that's right. I promised never to mention that again... at least not after your check cleared.|
Helen has been trying to get her children into online dating lately because I read once that everyone in the world longs for one thing – to know somebody would be looking for them if they were late coming home. Helen needs other people looking out for her kids so she can take a break.
|Because Helen has important stuff to do. Starting with a hot date with the invisible man. Ahem, I said HOT date, not HAT date!|
I do agree, though, that “the media” has blown the situation way out of proportion. Helen suspects this is because the people in charge of making these programming decisions simply do not live in the same world as the rest of us. Tres Marie Antoinette, n’est pas?
|There're no people like show people like no people we know ---- |
so why are they telling us what 'the average person can't stop talking about'?
How would they know?
The reality is people in the virtual world are a mess and they get up to all sorts of stuff that you have to watch out for. That’s true in the ‘real world’, too, by the way. And probably even in your own family.
|"Probably? She ain't met my Uncle Alice, has she, Moe?"|
Helen’s advice about people online, then, is the same advice she had for her kids when they were little and she was trying to teach them about the world. Don’t be scared, be smart.
|Don't let just anyone take you for a ride!|
I suspect your irritation with your flipped out (over?) WOW is that in her fretting over this, you get the message that she doesn’t think you are smarter than a catfish. Helen knows that’s not true. You were smart enough to write Helen, after all, so you must be brilliant. Par Excellence!
As for the media’s obsession with this story? Let them eat catfish.