Shocking news from Inside Higher Ed today: turns out President Roth’s enthusiastic Twitter alter-ego may, in fact, be a fraud. Could @THE_REAL_MROTH be just one of many fake administrative Twitter accounts popping up at universities nationwide? But it all seemed so real . . .
@The_Real_MROTH may be implicated in a larger-scale pattern of administrator-impersonators popping up on Twitter—from Wesleyan to Brown to Texas. More from Inside Higher Ed, after the jump.
As in the case of @PrezHuddleston, the plausibility of a bona fide Twitter president has given rise to phony ones. And Mark Huddleston is not the only college figurehead with a doppelgänger. In the last two years, fake presidential Twitter accounts have cropped up at Columbia University, Wesleyan University, Georgetown University, Brown University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Vassar College.[. . . ]
“Mo’ money, mo’ problems,” lamented a fake Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan, shortly after Roth was revealed to have been one of the highest-paid liberal arts presidents in 2007-2008. “Just kidding, my life is awesome.”
Roth even offers a comment on the account. Unsurprisingly, the real real administrator isn’t too perturbed:
“I was aware of this impersonation but haven’t thought too much about it,” wrote the real Michael Roth in an e-mail. Given how much he puts himself in the public eye (he does not tweet, but writes regularly in the popular press and keeps a blog), “I expect that satire is part of the deal,” Roth said.
columbia gets five more years of me. I get silly bandz shaped like my face. WIN WIN WIN WIN
Never pregaming with kevsho againnnnn ughhhh
GREAT CASTING IDEAS FOR MY OBAMA MOVIE: will smith = b.obama (obv.), meryl streep = h.clinton, george clooney = r.emmanuel.
Forgot to water plants. They probably would have died anyway right?
I’m totally the don draper of school presidenting, right?
Step up your game, MROTH. And read the full, surprisingly detailed article here.