The World Cup Online: Discovering Lionel Messi's Blog or Blognovela

The anonymous nature of the web is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, everyday citizens living under repressive regimes, can easily learn how to blog anonymously and express themselves without fear of reprisal. On the other hand, it is difficult if not impossible to verify the real identity of the author on any given blog. That doesn't mean, however, that people don't try. Ecuadorean media professor, Christian Espinosa explains the controversy around a weblog purported to be authored by the young, Argentine football celebrity, Lionel Messi (ES).

Whether it really is or isn't the blog of Lionel Messi, we can certainly say that more than 250 people are commenting on the journal that supposedly belongs to the Argentine football player renowned for being one of the world's young players with the greatest promise (he recently turned 19).

I've enjoyed reading how the people try to discover if it is or isn't the very same Messi, checking the time difference between Argentina and Germany, his spelling mistakes (the love and hate attitudes toward the new writing used in text messages is worthy of a study), and other comments which are incredible.

Whoever he may be, he continues posting theoretically from Germany with hundreds of followers reading on and, day after day, making an authentic blog-soap-opera.

Blog or Blognovela?

The blog of Lionel Messi or his impostor is Blog de Lio

Here are some of his categories and you can draw your own conclusions …


Now I remember that, in Chile, something similar happened with the blog created by the ex-president, Ricardo Lagos and those who doubted that it was really his blog. Supposedly there's going to be a book about it. No matter what, the blog medium has become a way to deal with these celebrities on a daily basis.

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