Most of us create selves online, particularly on our Facebook pages. We take a selection of facts, mix in a dollop of aspiration and fantasy, choose photos super carefully, and then post press releases about our interests, our activities, our animals, our children, and, of course, most important of all, the weather. We’re all fronting, more or less, in a way.
But some people aren’t just adapting themselves for social media; they’re full-on frauds, actively working to deceive their followers and “friends.” The 2010 documentary “Catfish” was a good portrait of an online hoax, as it chronicled how a guy went to meet a woman he’d fallen for through Facebook, only to find out that she was an invention by a middle-age mother. Now, that guy from the movie, Yaniv “Nev” Schulman, has developed a weekly TV series for MTV that brings together people who’ve formed intimacy online but never met in person. Called “Catfish: The TV Show,” it delivers a different wired love story in each hourlong episode.