On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're a...

Fraud.1
Moron.2
Shill.3
Homeboy.4
Mac.5
Judge.6
Mermaid.7
Brain in a vat!8
Robot.9
Chunk of malicious code.10
Nazi.11
Loser.12
Youngster with issues.13
Farmer.14
$20 million start-up carrier.15
Famous magazine editor!16
Heeb.17
Hobbit.18
Werewolf.19
Watchdog.20
55-year-old Teamster masquerading as a college coed.21
Cecil.22
God.23
Human—until you fill out a captcha.24



1 Computerworld, “Open To Attack” [source]
2 Network Magazine [source]
3 NBC New York, “FTC to Regulate Blogger Payola [source]
4 The Journal of Lending & Credit Risk Management [source]
5 InfoWorld, “View from the sidelines: technology, wit, wisdom, and collectible buzzwords” [source]
6 On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Judge: Appellate Courts’ Use of Internet Sites, Coleen M. Barger [source]
7 One Salt Sea: A October Daye Novel, Seanan McGuire [source]
8 This is not architecture, William J. Mitchell [source]
9 Bloomberg Businessweek, “On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Robot” [source]
10 The Atlantic Wire, “Bitcoin Heist May Be Victim of New Moneygrubbing Malware” [source]
11 Extreme Speech and Democracy, David Fraser [source]
12 The L Magazine, “On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Loser” [source]
13 The New York Times, “Two Boys,” by Nico Muhly [source]
14 The Ottawa Citizen, “Country lane gets linked to information highway” [source]
15 National Underwriter Property & Casualty, “Carriers Fear Being ‘Leapfrogged’ On Tech” [source]
16 New York Observer, “Bonnie Fuller 2.0: On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re A Famous Magazine Editor!” [source]
17 Salon, “The right’s Helen Thomas hypocrisy” [source]
18 Library Journal, “Rings, Kings and Evil Things” [source]
19 Mother Jones, “On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Werewolf” [source]
20 The Australian, “Spider uses Web to trap crooks”
21 InformationWeek, “IT Confidential: Playing Post Office And Looking For Love” [source]
22 Slate, “Sex Sells” [source]
23 Psychology Today, “On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a God” [source]
24 The New York Times, “A Dog or a Cat? New Tests to Fool Automated Spammers” [source]



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Elon Green writes supply-sider agitprop for ThinkProgress and Alternet.