Digital Heckling: Vox Populi

By Suzanne Woolley, with Lauren Vicary - 2012-10-23T13:52:01Z

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Paul Ryan Gosling

Soon after Paul Ryan was announced as Mitt Romney's running mate, a parody Paul Ryan Gosling tumblr, facebook page, Twitter account and lots of pins on Pinterest popped up. They play on the Ryan Gosling meme -- tweets start with "Hey Girl." (Sample tweet: "Hey girl, I'm not taking nervous sips of water, I'm drinking every time Biden laughs at me. #vpdebate)." According to, Twitter shut down the account hours before the debate, telling its creators about "a valid report that your account is engaged in non-parody impersonation." The account changed its bio and the five humor writers behind it have been negotiating with Twitter about whether they need to insert "fake" before the account name. Does that mean there are actually real Paul Ryan Goslings out there?