Stan: Character? (help)
If you haven't seen this comments thread you're missing out on some bizarre stuff. Ok, so apparently Screaming Memes (who according to my reading of the Master Post is just an alter ego of Pastorius who runs CUANAS) got into it with someone named Stan. Who has his own weblog here. Notice in particular that he started blogging in August 2004... after TIWWWB got started. Hmmmmm.
There was a comments discussion over there and Pastorius (or Stan?) has re-posted much of it to the TIWWU comments thread linked above. Bottom line: Stan got irate that Screaming Memes is a parody, and makes vague threats about the authorities. Pastorius tried to explain everything (and seems on the level).
But now Screaming Memes has gotten into a big "argument" with Pastorius (himself?) about whether... CUANAS is fake. So we see right away there's something funny going on.
So here's my question for the TIWWU audience out there: Was Stan ever real in the first place? Should I add him to the TIWWU cast of characters or not? (I'd have to ask Dustin how to edit the Master Post... forgot LOL :-)
It's just, something about Stan just seems "off". How could someone not know that Screaming Memes was fake. Or take Memes's stuff seriously, or be so humorless as to threaten about the "authorities" and whatnot. Seems fishy to me.
So we agree, Stan's a character, right? Someone's alter ego? Could I really be so tone-deaf that I'm wrong about this? I realize that I don't pay as much attention to this stuff as Dustin but even I could always see that Screaming Memes was a parody site. So isn't it a little convenient that a foil comes along who "doesn't get it"? Sounds like the work of... IWW, right?
I think that according to TIWWU canon, Memes/Pastorius are supposed to be the same person, while IWW is someone else. That's what Dustin always says. Now, sometimes the conspiratorial mind in me thinks they're *all* just one guy: Pastorius, IWW, Memes, PWH, and (now) Stan. I'm still kinda tempted to lean in that direction. But I guess a simpler explanation is to go with common sense: there are two people behind this, Pastorius/Memes and IWW/Stan. These "arguments" they have with each other, are their idea of fun & games. So I'm going with this theory using Occam's Razor.
So if Dustin ever gets a free moment from his chickie baby maybe I'll ask him how to update the Master Post to add in Stan, as (yet another) alter ego of IWW.