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...but it all seemed so real 1986/2008

Commenting on the blog sites such as YouTube and FaceBook where communication between past friends and strangers is encouraged. However, it can also offer an apparent comfort in the minds of those who simply crave contact. There is no obligation on either side for genuine information. On the Net, 'trust' has become the currency of conscience. In this work I show a portrait, and extend my hand as an offer of sincerity; I give all the appearances of reality except one; this is not who I am, now; this is an old portrait (1986). This is hinted at with the red (danger) 'expired' login. As such, the title refers not to the question I ask, but that asked by the viewer.