Revealing the Man Behind @MayorEmanuel

@MayorEmanuel elevated the fake Twitter account to the level of literature, a deft work of satire that Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde would have embraced. Alexis Madrigal, of The Atlantic, digs into the mysterious identity of the man behind the fake mayor.

The profane, brilliant stream of tweets not only may be the most entertaining feed ever created, but it pushed the boundaries of the medium, making Twitter feel less like a humble platform for updating your status and more like a place where literature could happen. Never deviating too far from the reality of the race itself, @MayorEmanuel wove deep, hilarious stories. It was next-level digital political satire and caricature, but over the months the account ran, it became much more. By the end, the stream resembled an epic, allusive ode to the city of Chicago itself, yearning and lyrical.For weeks, journalists and insiders have urged the person behind @MayorEmanuel to reveal himself, but he (or she) demurred. Until now. After a protracted email negotiation, the author has outed himself to The Atlantic. He’s receiving no compensation.

Great profile. Here’s the math: “Punk Rock Attitude + Deep Feel for Chicago + New Media Storytelling Chops + Day-to-Day Political News Watcher = @MayorEmanuel.”


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