Remember the July 5, 1993 cartoon in The New Yorker where a dog was telling another dog that “on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”?
Yes, on the Internet, you can be who you want to be. You can be Steve Jobs, a fake one that is. You can even post comments on blogs using assumed names. You can create accounts in social networks and online communities using a different username.
On the Internet, you can be the opposite of yourself. Such is the case of this report from Chron.com where a drug lord maintains a website presents himself differently and the opposite.
In Mexico, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, known as “El Padrino” is feared and reviled as the godfather of Mexico’s cocaine trade. On the web, however, he’s portrayed as a family man and a savvy business tycoon. The website was obviously made by supporters because Gallardo does not have Internet access from where he is now in Mexico’s highest-security prison.
You can visit his website at MiguelFelixGallardo.com. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you much about what the website says because me no habla Espanol despite being born in a country colonized by Spain for more than 300 years.