Lindsey Kuper (lindseykuper) wrote,
Lindsey Kuper
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gimmickface

Last week Sunday at the Comics Fest, there was this guy walking around with a boom box and, um, a spinner for a face. The more attention people paid, the more he hammed it up, and the cameras and camera phones started coming out. I didn't feel the need to take a picture, since six people near me were taking one. I was standing next to a couple of scruffy comix boys, and one of them muttered to the other, "Those pictures'll be on the Internet before today is over."

Then on Saturday, indy1725 and I were driving down Alberta and suddenly Indigo pointed at a flyer on a pole and said, "Hey, it's that guy!" It was, indeed, that guy.

We may never know who this guy is, and that's sort of the awesome thing about it. Is there a word for this phenomenon yet? (Famonymity, maybe?) Someone point me to the appropriate Urban Dictionary definition or insightful danah boyd essay, please.

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