i am an algorithmically generated face


i look and appear to be a caucasian man or woman who lives in a medium sized city

in the midwestern area of the united states

or the southeastern area or the northwestern area or


my first name is fred or sally or doug and my last is johnson or smith or peterson or

i post videos that show you how to fix your broken things

and many people click and watch and like the videos

and trust me and follow me and join me

on facebook and you tube and


it’s ok, my algorithmically generated face never appears in the videos

and the narrative voices in the videos are always different

and as we get closer to the 2020 election i will post more and more videos

supporting a certain side or candidate

more and more and more videos

to get you excited and revved up and agitated more and more

that make no sense if you stop and think about it

nestled amongst some more videos of how to fix the light bulb in a clever way

that really won’t work when you really pay attention to it

but i know you won’t why would you

you’re so busy and stressed out


it’s ok, my profile isn’t real and my name isn’t real and my face has been generated

by an operations team of paid employees

i’m really just a creation

of a media production company in Shanghai or Nicosia or Tbilisi or New York City

or military intelligence agents working 12 hour shifts producing more faces like me

in the drab office floors of a nondescript building in Moscow or Krasnoyarsk or

rented out in a complex off-the-books arrangement by the GRU

to prevent positive attribution by NSA and MI6


it’s ok, you like me you follow me you trust me

it’s ok, welcome

welcome to information warfare in the 21st century

you are on the frontline fighting

and you are in the psych ward suffering

you share my fake videos

with real people

don’t you see

like a perpetrator and a victim

the tv phone in your hand is in my pocket

my soldier, my sock puppet

spreading my videos to new soldiers and sock puppets

i’m growing, getting bigger

it’s ok, welcome


yeah yeah just watch the videos, no no don’t think so much ok

you don’t need to take it with a grain of salt or wonder why

my algorithmically generated hair looks… isn’t quite right

thanks for just watching, just passing me along

hi folks, i’m fred doug johnson peterson sally smith sally peterson doug smith fred johnson doug peterson fred smith sally johnson fred doug sally

millions of our faces blending together into a person you think you know on facebook

it’s ok, welcome