It's fascinating to me how open they are about their business in this article. This can't make them look good to their audience, can it? It shows how mass-produced and hyper-commercialised it all is.
I had the same thought. But I guess it doesn’t matter. The customers know, on some level, that they’re watching something fake(ish).
The difference between “con” and “game” (or “play”) is a really fine line. Some seriously dumb guys might be getting full-on tricked into believing they’re actually “getting close” to Bryce, but I bet 9 out of 10 know very clearly that they’re interacting with a “mass-produced and hyper-commercialised” thing and couldn’t care less. Because: still better than old-fashioned porn which has precisely zero interaction between actor and viewer.
I love thinking about the difference between “real fantasy” and “fake fantasy.” Either way there’s multiple layers of deception and self-deception.