Exploring wider contex and deeper cultural significance of Amina/Tom story. The before and after.
|Londoner says missing Syrian blogger stole her identity
The reported disappearance of a gay Syrian-American blogger has attracted skepticism after a London woman claimed the photos published by news organizations worldwide are of her, not of the blogger, and that the blogger stole her identity a year ago.
|BBC News – Newsnight – Mistaken identity of Syrian blogger
Jeremy Paxman talks to Jelena Lecic who was mistakenly identified as a Syrian dissident blogger and Mahmoud Hamad, a Syrian human rights activist. Jelena Lecic was shocked to see her picture in newspapers describing her as Amina Arraf who apparently writes a blog called ‘A gay girl in Damascus’ which criticises the Syrian authorities.
|BREAKING: “A Gay Girl in Damascus” comes out as Tom MacMaster, Istanbul
Tom MacMaster, of Istanbul, Turkey, has just come out as the author behind A Gay Girl in Damascus. MacMaster was flushed out by Ali Abunimah and Benjamin Doherty. Here is his message in full: I never expected this level of attention.
|A Gay Girl in Damascus: Apology to readers
I never expected this level of attention. While the narrative voıce may have been fictional, the facts on thıs blog are true and not mısleading as to the situation on the ground. I do not believe that I have harmed anyone — I feel that I have created an important voice for issues that I feel strongly about.
|“A Gay Girl in Damascus” comes clean
In recent days, the world has followed closely the saga of Amina Araff, the blogger who presented herself online as "A Gay Girl in Damascus" and who drew attention with her passionate writings about the Syrian government’s crackdown on Arab Spring protesters.
there are so many points, indeed
|Shadowy Viral-Media Campaign Shaping Events in Syria? « Qifa Nabki | A Lebanese Political Blog
Got your attention, didn’ t I? Yes I did, just like the two big stories about Syria that rocketed to the top of the Internet’s "trending" charts over the past few days. No, I’m not talking about the alleged massacre of Syrian security officials in Jisr al-Shughour or the government’s planned response.
|Jillian C. York » Journalistic Verification, Amina Arraf, and Haystack
How did a Syrian blogger, who told beautiful and heartwrenching stories of life as a lesbian in Damascus, manage to trick so many people? How did an American software engineer, whose passion for the Iranian cause led him to build what he dubbed the safest of circumvention tools, do the same?
and a more obvious issue of anonymity and pseudonymity: a more obvious take on the whole situation, probably shared by most – ability to conceal our identity, which is clearly possible, if only temporarily
|Notes on Amina, Facebook and the Reverse Tragedy of Commons: Pseudonymity under Repressive Conditions | technosociology
As the Internet first spread to the general public, there was great excitement about the potential identity experimentation. Gender, race, identity could, it seemed, all be re-invented online at the strike of a keyboard as, largely due to bandwidth limitations, text-based social environments dominated those days.
outrage out there
|‘Damascus gay girl’ blog a hoax
A blog purportedly written by a gay woman in Syria, which described life in Damascas amid the current political unrest, has been revealed to be a hoax. A Girl Gay in Damascus gained a worldwide readership and was closely followed by news organisations.
But probably the most serious kind of ethical criticism, by LGBT community, is this: feeding the foreign media a “dish of sex, religion and politics” from a distant, comfortable and safe place
|GME – Gay Middle East – From Damascus with Love: Blogging in a totalitarian state
By Sami Hamwi and Daniel Nassar, 12.6.11 Following the revelation that "Amina" was a hoax two LGBT Syrian Activists speak out. Sami Hamwi, Gay Middle East Syria: Blogging in Syria has been forbidden by law for more than eight years.
Statement Regarding the Gay Girl in Damascus Blog Tom MacMaster Istanbul, June 13, 2011 I am the sole author of this blog and have always been so. Any and all posts on the blog are by me. Before I say anything else, I want to apologize to anyone I may have hurt or harmed in any way.
the man himself speaks out – I wanted to develop writing conversation skills, I was not expecting anything, I didn’t set out to get into Guardian, everything blew out of control…I am sure Tom is hoping to get (and for sure will) a book deal out of this
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