It's official. That airplane note-passing battle that took place over Thanksgiving? Yeah, that was fake.

Here also is my suspension of disbelief for anything I read on the Internet, sitting in a chair.

Just as the backlash against Elan Gale's Diane In 7A tweet-fest was reaching a fever pitch, with many concluding that the whole thing was faked by a guy with a history of trying to make Internet hoaxes go viral—and many others concluding that Gale just kind of came off like an a-hole in his little note-passing war—Gale confirmed the hoax suspicions last night at 9:17 PM in a handful of tweets.





Based on Gale's tweets leading up to the reveal, his decision to confirm the hoax might have had to do with the hits he'd been taking online.





Okay. No. People don't get to complain about how they're being regarded by the Internet when they go out of their way (multiple times, apparently) to get the Internet to regard them. Gale concocted what he thought would be a perfect recipe to get himself and his little fiction to go viral, and as far as anyone can tell, he did it solely because he wanted the entire Internet to know about him. Perhaps to advance his career. Who knows? Becoming Internet famous was his thing, and he pulled it off. Now he's shocked that there might have been some mean things said about him? By the Internet? Nope, not allowed.

Gale is clearly no stranger to the web if he was able to pull this off. But beyond that, he's a reality show producer! He's devoted his career to making people famous for absolutely nothing. If there's anyone who knows how that kind of fame can turn sour, it's Elan Gale.


As for the criticism that bloggers made a big deal about this, bullshit. This thing was read by millions and millions of people over the course of a matter of hours. How often does a cultural event like that take place? When the whole country responds to something in such an impassioned way, guess what, writers tend to write about it. And, again, It's a weak retreat to complain about people taking you and your stunt so seriously when you went out of your way to get them to take you and your stunt seriously. 

Advice for Elan. Since you now admit your playlet was fiction, consider all those critical think-pieces reviews of your work. It seems a lot of critics didn't find the story believable, and they had trouble rooting for the protagonist. Consider those notes for your next work of epic ownage.

In conclusion, the Internet is broken. Everything that gets anyone's attention is eventually revealed to be fake, a prank, or a scam. Rethink everything you ever enjoyed. Charlie didn't bite his brother's finger. David never went to the dentist. The Numa Numa kid, all CGI. 

And Elan Gale is not a hero for well-behaved airplane passengers everywhere, as he presented himself in a triumphant call-to-arms in defense of the working stiff on his Tumblr. He's just a guy who wanted everyone to look at him.

(by Bob Powers)

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