There is a school of thought that says one of my regular readers and commenters is a “troll”.
Trolls are always irritating people.
But irritating people are not always trolls.
The question has been asked a few times. “Is Factual for real?”.
To be honest I have no idea. The only thing that I THINK I know is that Factual is a young woman from affluent Dalkey in County Dublin. She is apparently a student in London.
Of course this is only what I THINK I know. Thats the thing about pseudonyms. A few years ago, I was amazed when a Slugger O’Toole Alliance type called me a “failed SDLP politician from North Belfast”. I assumed he meant Martin Morgan, a former Belfast Mayor an SDLP Euro cadidate.
When he added some time later that he was brought up reading my column in the Irish News, it dawned on me that he thought I was Brian Feeney.
Perhaps I should have said something but it was too much fun. Especially when the crack troops of Alliances “Slugger O’Toole Battalion” believed the nonsense and that well known incisive journo from Slugger chided me for posting under a pseudonym “Come off it Brian”
Maybe I should have said something. Because they had all assumed something, they were less willing to believe me when I said that I wasnt Brian Feeney. But that only added to the fun.
Oddly at least two of these folks are people referred to as “highly regarded”. Poor old Granni Trixie must have been on holiday because she still thought I was Brian Feeney for a long time after that.
There is something almost Wizard of Oz about …Bloggers. The truth when revealed is surprisingly mundane. The Wizard of Oz hid behind a screen. So do I. When the screen was pulled away, the Great Wizard was revealed as an inoffensive old geezer. When the computer screen is taken away….I am an inoffensive old geezer.
It is of course more difficult now to stay under the radar.
Pseudonyms are great.
How else could I have enjoyed polite conversation with a guy at the counter of a sandwich bar in the Hi Park Centre…knowing I had irritated him the night before on Slugger O’Toole?
So is Factual a troll? Or just someone who asks far too supplementary questions…like my five year old grandson?
Or a sock puppet operated from the Titanic Quarter?
Intriguing as it is…that a person knows so much and so little… I still have no idea.
My current theory is a composite character operated by several different people.
Only She…or is it He knows?