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.”
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.”