Figure of Speech: synonymia (sin-o-NIM-ia), the word pile-on. From the Greek, meaning “similar name.”
Barzolff814 is the pseudonym of a 35-year-old French animator who made two videos showing UFOs hovering over Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He posted them onYouTube, resulting in millions of hits and a gratifying amount of hysteria.
The hoax was a bit of research for a feature film about a couple guys who do a fake UFO video that gets out of control. Barzoff created his videos entirely by computer, using a suite of software that Figaro sorely wants for his birthday. But now many people don’t believe him when he says his work is fake.
Barzolff reacts to the brouhaha with a solid synonymia, a figure of speech that describes a single concept or state with a string of similar words. It’s a form of amplification — a way of turning up the rhetorical volume. The level of suckerdom out there in videoland isn’t just amazing. It’s entertaining, thrilling, addictive (for some reason), and scary (for obvious reasons).
You can understand why the man used a pseudonym.
Snappy Answer: “Whoa, did you see that? Made you look!”
For more on amplification, see page 5 of Figaro’s book.