Love in the Time of Algorithms
The Manti Te’o scam, which revealed that the supposedly dead girlfriend of a Notre Dame football player had never really existed, sparked a maelstrom of hype about the dangers of online dating. The New York Post even discovered a Second Life-type virtual reality world where people can have–gasp–virtual sex! (The only drawback, you’d have to say you met on “Utherverse.”)
Now, the U.S. government has jumped into the fray, offering some helpful tips on how not to get Catfished, or–as they put it–”don’t become the victim of a sweetheart scam!”
Well, that didn’t take long: One day after Deadspin unfurled the sad and sordid tale of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s imaginary dead girlfriend, the merry pranksters at Taiwanese studio Next Media Animation heaped another dose of scorn on the football star.