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Old 29.07.2011, 12:44
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Re: Why use somebody elses' picture?

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would you really put a picture of yourself for all interwebz weirdos to see?
There are weirdos?
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Old 29.07.2011, 12:52
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I have a general question:-

Why do some people choose a picture of a famous person as their avatar? Why not use a picture of yourself or something neutral like a bear for instance.

Why use a picture of somebody that isn't you? Just curious, not a criticism in any way :-)

(I hope my bear isn't famous or I'm in trouble now)
How is a bear neutral? You prob picked the bear for the exact same reasons someone else picked a famous person.
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Old 29.07.2011, 12:53
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would you really put a picture of yourself for all interwebz weirdos to see?
Some put up, sometimes, a pic of their real selves on their Profile Pic though.
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Old 29.07.2011, 12:54
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But why choose a picture of a celebrity? Isn't that hypocritical? You don't want to be identified and have your photo stolen so you assume somebody else's identity instead, cool.

Now I am confused.
That’s a little bit too harsh.
I’m thinking of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn prints. The images of celebrities can and have become works of art. They are public images and as such cannot be stolen.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:01
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How is a bear neutral? You prob picked the bear for the exact same reasons someone else picked a famous person.
If I use a picture of... say Matt Damon... then some people might think I am Matt Damon. Maybe I actually believe I'm Matt Damon and that's why I chose it.

But I'm definately not a bear...
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:08
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If I use a picture of... say Matt Damon... then some people might think I am Matt Damon.
That's not how the internet works man...
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:10
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That's not how the internet works man...
word..........
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:11
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If I use a picture of... say Matt Damon... then some people might think I am Matt Damon. Maybe I actually believe I'm Matt Damon and that's why I chose it.

But I'm definately not a bear...

Hi Matt Damon,

I chose Bob Hawke because Jimmy Bee changed his Avatar to Paul Keating... It's something specifically Australian.

I am not Bob Hawke


(I should change my Avatar back to that disgraceful drawing of Australia that I saw in Starbucks here though....... thanks for reminding me)
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:13
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Re: Why use somebody else's picture?

Probably people identify with some of the characters they're putting up.

I've had a time I've put up Dido a lot because I very much like her songs.

Sometimes it was Tamzin Outwaithe because she is such a cheeky person and I like to watch her as an actress in her different roles.

Then sometimes it was Romy Schneider, I'm extremely touched by her rather tragic life.

Others I admire are people I know personally but it wouldn't occur to me to use their pics as my avatar.

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If I use a picture of... say Matt Damon... then some people might think I am Matt Damon. Maybe I actually believe I'm Matt Damon and that's why I chose it.

But I'm definately not a bear...
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:15
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Probably people identify with some of the characters they're putting up.

I've had a time I've put up Dido a lot because I very much like her songs.

Sometimes it was Tamzin Outwaithe because she is such a cheeky person and I like to watch her as an actress in her different roles.

Then sometimes it was Romy Schneider, I'm extremely touched by her rather tragic life.

Others I admire are people I know personally but it wouldn't occur to me to use their pics as my avatar.
TBH, you hotter avatars were much cooler.

That's an oxymoron innit ?
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:16
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Re: Why use somebody else's picture?

I'm not Matt Damon OK? I'm a bear.

I'm a bear because I'm gentle and graceful unless you piss me off in which case I'll eat you and spit out those little bells you had tied to your rucksack.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:16
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I am not Bob Hawke
What ???

Well...there goes my reason for joining the EF.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:24
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If I use a picture of... say Matt Damon... then some people might think I am Matt Damon. Maybe I actually believe I'm Matt Damon and that's why I chose it.

But I'm definately not a bear...
If you keep posting like this people will think you're simple and not much else. When you start coming off as weird on an Internet forum, you know you've strayed too far from the pack. And in case you were wondering (and it seems you actually were) I am not Dustin Hoffman's character in a 40 year old film. Or even Dustin Hoffman himself. While its of course possible that Dustin Hoffman sits in his Hollywood mansion maintaining a 5+ daily posting average on the English Forum in Switzerland, I can tell you it just isn't so.

I can also reliably inform you that the "economisto" EF member isn't trying to "be" like either "The Graduate" or like Dustin Hoffman.

I would agree that you're unlikely to actually be a bear, but somewhat more likely, according to your posting style, to be a monkey left alone with a typewriter.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:25
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I am not Dustin Hoffman's character in a 40 year old film. Or even Dustin Hoffman himself.
Hmmmm...
I always thought your avatar was Tom Cruise.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:27
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Hmmmm...
I always thought your avatar was Tom Cruise.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:28
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Hmmmm...
I always thought your avatar was Tom Cruise.
It is. Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Nigelr and the bear are all one in the same just taken from different angles.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:28
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Hmmmm...
I always thought your avatar was Tom Cruise.
... shudder
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:29
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If you keep posting like this people will think you're simple and not much else. When you start coming off as weird on an Internet forum, you know you've strayed too far from the pack. And in case you were wondering (and it seems you actually were) I am not Dustin Hoffman's character in a 40 year old film. Or even Dustin Hoffman himself. While its of course possible that Dustin Hoffman sits in his Hollywood mansion maintaining a 5+ daily posting average on the English Forum in Switzerland, I can tell you it just isn't so.

I can also reliably inform you that the "economisto" EF member isn't trying to "be" like either "The Graduate" or like Dustin Hoffman.

I would agree that you're unlikely to actually be a bear, but somewhat more likely, according to your posting style, to be a monkey left alone with a typewriter.
Nasty.

I admire a few people - some real and some just movie characters - but I would never think of using their picture as my avatar. That's why I asked why people chose them.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:30
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... shudder
I know !!!
What can I say ?

I will go stand in a corner now.
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Old 29.07.2011, 13:31
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If I use a picture of... say Matt Damon... then some people might think I am Matt Damon. Maybe I actually believe I'm Matt Damon and that's why I chose it.

But I'm definitely not a bear...

Well, I am definitely my pic
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