The Internet is not a proxy for the real world nor is it an extension. In fact, there is no distinction between the Internet and the real world. Don't treat the Internet as an escape, it is a part of the lived environment I'm in as are my various computing devices.
Authenticity has been weaponized. It’s a term that’s really been abused. You can almost say today’s society is characterized by an authenticity-industrial complex. We’re more concerned with appearing real than being real.