Salon has an interview with “Pete”, the blogger who mistook an Onion humor piece for a real article.
Reached by phone at his Virginia home a week after his initial post about the Onion story, Pete said, “You write some article off the cuff and throw it out there and you never know what’s going to happen. The next thing I know there are people calling me from all over the world and telling me what an idiot I am!” It was surely the most public of embarrassments, an example of how the intersection of varied voices and ideologies and sensibilities in the brutal wild West of the new, new blogosphere can go tragically wrong. Or right. Depending on your sense of humor.
It humanizes the poor doofus, which is a good thing…but he still comes off as totally clueless.