During Wimbledon this morning, announcers Chris Fowler and John McEnroe discussed the rise of parody Twitter accounts in the video above from Guyism. At first, McEnroe seemed disgusted, snapping "shouldn't they be arrested?" at Fowler. Fowler then explained things a little more to McEnroe over a few points, who seemed to completely miss the point of the parody accounts.
But then, Fowler broke through McEnroe's suit of armor and got a chuckle by reading a tweet from a parody Roger Federer account, and it seemed like something clicked in McEnroe's head about how the parody accounts weren't trying to commit identity fraud, but instead, act as a caricature of the person they were parodying.
It's good to see Fowler being a mainstream media personality to embrace the parody account trend and not take it so seriously. Looking at his Twitter page, he's actually following a few parody accounts himself. Good on you, Chris!
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@silanfa I'm trying to follow this story but more and more twitter parody accounts keep becoming involved haha
@JoeTall @awfulannouncing bizarre. Kind of a waste of time, in case anyone's looking to read this story.
I also noticed one day a few weeks ago that @NotChuckBarkley tweeted something during an NBA game that was in the 'voice' of @NotBillWalton. NBW usually uses phrases like #ohthehumanity and #throwitdown, while NCB uses poor grammar and spelling. NCB used proper spelling/grammar and used one of the aforementioned hashtags, and quickly deleted it. Would've grabbed a screenshot had I knew about this whole mess.
@PlayItBogart This is so crazy. Lesson: Keep Twitter and Reddit separate. Don't cross the streams...and then try to make money off it!
@ForeverJVP @awfulannouncing That article simultaneously made my head explode and deleted my Twitter account. Fuck technology.
@awfulannouncing was showing a distraught mother holding a press conference just a couple hrs after a son's death (Seau) really necessary?
@awfulannouncing wonder if head inj/concussions had anything to do with the Seau tragedy? Its been an issue w/the NHL...
@AndyGlockner What happened to the days when guys got their start majoring in journalism, writing for school newspapers & small town rags?
@AndyGlockner Cant help but feel this @SarahPhilli debacle is result of simultaneous rise of blogs/social media & demise of newspapers
This is insane RT @Sta7ic Holy crap. even more. RT @awfulannouncing: The Sarah Phillips mystery goes way beyond ESPN... http://t.co/d34qtJX7
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@Jonathan_Gantt I just read the first one. That is crazy!! People were on to her and she got busted!
@victorromero55 There are good people outside traditional paths and bad people at newspapers. It's not the path, it's the person
@_MainEvent here it is in a nutshell... "Sarah Phillips" used this account in a scam from her influence as an @ESPN columnist...