An extraordinary volte-face

We have just received a message via our secure contact form, and whilst we must emphasize its absolute security, and would not usually refer to the content of any message received (unless it were intended that we should), this one intrigued us.

Apparently it was sent by one of our former and more vituperative online critics, and they apologized for the tenor of their earlier criticisms of us on various public sites; most interestingly, they declared that they also now recognized Jim Perrin as the individual we have been describing.

It is a measure of the multiple and disordered online personalities that we believe he has created, and which we have detailed in our blog, that we feel unable to take this contact entirely at face value or to respond via the email address provided in it.

The criticisms referred to by this person were, we know—in their sentiments, style, vocabulary (including literary quotes and recommendations)—hardly distinguishable from similar posts known to have been made by Jim Perrin under other, now familiar, aliases; and we have to consider the possibility that they were posted by him, either in person or, as we believe to have happened before, by proxy (involving an innocently compliant individual).

We may be mistaken, and this contact may truly represent an extraordinary volte-face by one who was genuinely an independent, if strident, critic. But if we are not, then the implicit invitation in the message to make email contact may be only another of Jim Perrin’s deceitful ploys.

We assume that both he and our correspondent will read this; whether they are one and the same person must remain—pending further convincing evidence to set the record straight—a matter for conjecture…

NB: As of 8/12/2014 we have received no confirmation that the comment referred to in this post was genuine. Therefore we feel, given all the circumstances, that it was indeed a deception, and as we have written elsewhere “Who else would have the motive, or could be bothered…?”