Well, it was fun while it lasted. For a few glorious hours Wednesday morning, we were led to believe that Bob Dylan, had, at long last, joined Twitter.
“My first tweet. Hi! Bob,” @BobDylanTweets said at 9:24 a.m. ET.
But time is short and the days are sweet and passion rules the arrow that flies, or something: Three hours and more than 6,000 followers later, a third tweet was sent from @BobDylanTweets, claiming responsibility for the hoax account.
“This account is hoax created by Italian journalist Tommasso Debenedetti,” read the last tweet from the since-suspended account.
The admission was immediately suspicious, because what kind of self-respecting Twitter parodist would give up after three tweets? Certainly not the real Tommaso De Benedetti, who is something of an Italian Stephen Glass-slash-Jimmy Kimmel, who the Guardian described as “one of the world’s most creative and successful fake tweeters” and who creates fake Twitter accounts and death hoaxes as public art/commentary -- to expose how easily we are all duped by fake “news.” And whose name is spelled with only one ‘s.”
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Our very own Alberto Riva noticed this egregious error right away. “The Italian first name is Tommaso whereas Tommasso is a common misspelling by native English speakers, which Debenedetti is not,” Riva said.
“No Italian would ever write 'Tommasso.'"
As the great poet said himself, “Life is more or less a lie, but then again, that’s exactly the way we want it to be.”