Is Mike Glyer of File 770 infamy and blogger Camestros Felapton one and the same?
I honestly don’t know the answer to that question, but I have reason to suspect they are and it may have been a case of self-outing that leads me to this conclusion.
Camestros – seeing Glyer taking it on the chin both here on my blog and on several others – attempted to charge to the rescue on his Twitter account. But in his haste to be the White Knight he may have unveiled himself as the court jester instead.
Here’s a screenshot of the tweet:
The key portion is in the lower tweet where he types:
“…is sending me e-mails asking me whether I’ve read his book.”
Only problem is: I’ve never e-mailed Camestros. Don’t even know his e-mail address. I have e-mailed Glyer a couple of times and asked if he ever got around to reading Escaping Infinity.
When called on it with a demand to provide even one of these “e-mails”, Camestros played the “typo card” and claimed he meant tweets:
Yes, because I often type e-mails when I am discussing tweets I’ve been sent, don’t you?
But here’s the other fly in the ointment. Here’s the only two tweets I had sent to him that he could be referring to:
Note the very first line? I wasn’t asking him a single thing about my book. I asked him to forward this ad to Glyer.
Here’s the other tweet:
So there’s only ONE tweet where he could honestly say I was asking him anything and the fact I also tagged the SFWA makes it clear I wasn’t solely addressing him at all. So not only isn’t it e-mails (plural) it isn’t even tweets (plural) because he can barely claim half a tweet was directed right at him.
As I said above, I have e-mailed Glyer several times because I was trying to see if he would read the book and at least give his honest reaction to it. Or rather, I used to e-mail him until he decided to block my e-mail address and cut off communication with me some time ago. Thus the reason to use Camestros as a delivery mule.
Which is why the timing of the attack from Camestros, as well as the wording of it, had me wondering if I was dealing with a sock puppet. As Glyer, he could try to maintain an illusion of respectability while using the Camestros sock puppet to attack his enemies in a way to make it look like an unbiased bystander agreed with him. I’ve seen many trolls use this method to attack their targets.
If you reject the “Typo Defense” it makes a lot of sense. Personally, I honestly don’t know if Glyer and Camestros are the same and so cannot definitively say one way of the other. But I’m having a hard time seeing how anyone could think tweets and type e-mails while tweeting on Twitter and all while retweeting the one and only tweet that really wasn’t directed at him.
I’ve been told that it isn’t very likely that Glyer and Camestros are the same person. Again, they may in fact be two separate individuals. I honestly don’t know, even with some of the evidence that leads me to think they might be.
Since I don’t believe in guilty until proven innocent I will make no claim either way. I have my suspicions, but that is all they are at this point. But one thing I do know, the trolls and some possible sock puppets are hopping mad at me right now.
That’s kind of the problem with being a career troll/sock puppet. At the end of the day all you have is hate and anger and you end up surround by others who have nothing but hate and anger in their hearts.
That’s no way to live life, trolls. But you be you and troll away. I’ve got better things to do with my life and Social Media has this wonderful tool called: The Block Button. I’ll be putting it to very good use from now on.