Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hoaxing Wall Street

When does a Hoax, prank or con go too far. Discussing when or where good old fashion fun becomes tyrannical, oppressive or downright dangerous. When can such an act be constructive for society, or are they all detrimental? These were the types of questions we had to ask ourselves when defining how deception can influence society, perhaps even shape it. Decidedly so, the situation below could be considered parallel to Schedule II drugs where they have little medical purpose but pose a high risk of danger.

A situation where states made sure gas station attendants stopped gas-filler-up-ers from smoking at the pump. I’ve always remembered a story a former classmate of mine said about the amount of people that smoke at the pump. It seems like a trivial thing for them to stub out their butts, responding with out of the corner of their mouth with comments like “whaddya know?”, spitting a loogie at your feet  before lighting up another one.

Finding the right pranks is crucial to saying something about the world we live in. A man from Texas did just that over the past few years. His name is John LeFevre and he used to work as an executive in big banking. In an expose, LeFevre said “being outed was part of the plan.” There was certainly a reflection of the persona he was projecting on twitter that said something important about the world we live in.

Let's discus the history behind @GSElevatorGossip. LeFevre for the past three years until being outed in Early 2014, has been tweeting the embodiment or aggregation of ‘every banker,’ a concentrated reflection of a Wall Street culture and mentality” such as the Tweets listed below.

Lefrey makes even more bold statements that make rumors such as Goldman Sachs banning talking in the elevator funnier probably warranted. The type of comments Lefrey posed in his pretentious persona on twitter detail wealth inequality big banks such as Goldman Sachs’ executives might be guilty of. Lefrey squanders any rumors that he himself was a Wall Street Executive during that time: “any person who actually thought my Twitter feed was literally about verbatim conversations overheard in the elevators of Goldman Sachs is an idiot.” He received a book deal from the ordeal where he plans on detailing the nitty-gritty insider perspective of the Wall Street epicenter. More can be found out here, at his wordpress, and twitter feed.

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