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“COMM 2450 in the News” November 30, 2008 The news article I have submitted discusses a famous case involving MySpace in which a 13-year old girl, Megan Meier, tragically took her own life upon being the victim of a cruel online prank. Megan was under the false pretense that a boy she had developed a crush on through MySpace interactions disliked her, when in actuality, she was unknowingly communicating with a classmate’s mother disguised as the boy. This case is primarily relevant to our studies and discussions about digital deception in COMM2450. In the Hancock article we read, digital deception is defined as the “intentional control of information in a technologically mediated message to create a false belief in the receiver of the message.” In the MySpace case, the mother who pretended to be a teenaged boy online was demonstrating identity-based digital deception, in which people falsely
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Unformatted text preview: manipulate or display their identity. Specifically, we have explored topics under this concept that include how the Internet can facilitate deception through manipulation of identity and the factors that interact with communication media to affect our abilities to catch a liar. The theories that shed some light on these issues are the Social Distance Theory, Media Richness Theory, and Feature Based Approach. With regards to the MySpace case, one might apply the Social Distance Theory, which states that people prefer to lie through socially distant mediums as lying is an uncomfortable act, to infer that MySpace may have facilitated the deceptive mother in her lies, for she was less likely to be caught lying as non-verbal cues were limited in the given atmosphere....
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2010 for the course COMM 245 taught by Professor Birnholtz during the Fall '08 term at Cornell.

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