Written by Roy Turse

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

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analysis indicates one normal writer and one with Multiple Personality Disorder

After a detailed review of profile information held by TheSpoof.com, the organisers have determined that there are actually only two individual writers contributing.

Although accusations of operating under more than one name have been made in the past, the scale of the deceit has only just come to light.

The reason that the fraud went undetected is that most articles are submitted by just one person who is suffering from a multiple personality disorder. Because this writer assumes the writing style of the various personalities, readers presume there are hundreds of contributors. What had been seen as chance story duplication and plagiarism is now understood to be caused by the 'breakthrough' of thoughts between the personalities.

In the writer's forum it can be seen (using network analysis) that only two individuals plus the site administrator are communicating. The psychotic writer is playing the parts of up to fifty people from all over the world, while one unsuspecting person is busy attempting to communicate with them all.

In fact as this article went to press the multiple personality writer had committed to involvement in a long and complex multi-writer story for the Magazine section, and was going to be supplying the majority of the content. However, the other lone writer could be tricked into taking part.

Psychiatrists have suggested that the individual personalities contained within the psychotic writer's mind would not be aware of each other, and may believe they are writing independently and communicating with other people. They advise that it could be dangerous to alert this person to their psychosis in an uncontrolled environment. As a result, the site will carry on as normal.

However, TheSpoof.com feels an obligation to raise the issue with the other lone writer who may feel they are being made to look a bit of a fool. Unfortunately, due to data protection legislation TheSpoof.com cannot name them, but obviously if you are a writer and are reading this article then you will know who you are.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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Topics: The Spoof, writers

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