by Pixeleen Mistral on 21/12/10 at 1:07 pm
Conspiracy theorist denies hearing voices in her head
Over the years, many have wondered if the rhetorical excesses of Second Life resident Prokofy Neva might be the result of an overly immersive approach to online roleplay. Sadly, this does not appear to be the case, as Catherine Fitzpatrick (the real life typist for Second Life’s Prokofy Neva) resorts to her all-too-familiar tactics of wild speculation and misstatement of others’ positions in a one hour chat with Robert Wright on blogginghead.tv on denial of service attacks and the wikileaks and cablegate controversy.
Prokofy – a notorious metaverse forum troll – seems to believe that a sweeping conspiracy between 4Chan and The Guardian is playing out as techno-utopians threaten the established order, but is careful to phrase this belief as "asking questions".
While it is amusing to watch Wright struggle to reconcile Prok’s inconsistent belief system, the effort is clearly wearing on Wright as the dialog progresses. Finally, Wright reaches his limit at 54:20 into the video and calls bullshit on the classic Prokofy mis-interpret and attack tactic by suggesting that Prok may be hearing voices in her head as she attempt to put words into his mouth, then argue against a position he did not take.
Prokofy’s ability to reliably provoke this sort of reaction has been the key to her fame in the online realm, her world class volume of forum bans, and undisputed status as a favorite target of various griefers seeking lulz. While it is generally agreed that Prok could better advance her causes with a more measured approach, the psychic benefits of provoking anyone within range may be enough for her.
Will this strategy continue as Neva fights against the hactivist menace? Neva denies hearing voices at the close of the chat and is unlikely to change course anytime soon, so look for further histronics from the noted Internet drama pump Prokofy Neva.