Jan 10 2013

We Have Forgotten the Dangers of Anonymity

Published by at 5:55 pm under blogging,politics,tech trends,TechView

More arguments against the arbitrary, short-sighted, totally-made-up right of people to remain anonymous online.

Source: fpiatti.com via Damien on Pinterest

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5 Responses to “We Have Forgotten the Dangers of Anonymity”

  1. Blame Crashon 11 Jan 2013 at 6:26 am

    Yeah sure. But why stop there? Everyone should have their licence plate tattoed onto their arm as well. You know, just like in the olden days.
    Yhink about it, would ya!

  2. Dollops - Eric Dollon 11 Jan 2013 at 7:39 am

    Who are you, Blame Crash? Are you man enough (as in mensch or person of character) to add your name to your posts? What’s with the tattoos – Auschwitz? Websites should ignore any input from those who will not be accountable for what they post.

  3. jnarveyon 11 Jan 2013 at 9:21 am

    Hey Eric. Thank for commenting. The only reason I even accept anonymous or pseudonymous comments is that, sadly, the majority of commenters do that… and I do want comments. I really wish more people would sign their names or at least log in so that usernames linked to Google+ profiles or something.

    Re: Blame Crash, I believe you are a case in point. Anonymous trolling is the bane of the Internet.

  4. Blame Crashon 12 Jan 2013 at 7:00 am

    What do you mean by “we”?
    I’ve never “Forgotten the Dangers of Anonymity” because I didn’t learn it in the first place and the reason for that is because there is no danger to begin with. Believe it or not, every person who expresses an opinion that is at odds with yours is not an armed to the teeth chicken hawk that is out to do you harm.
    And what’s with all this crazy-talk about it being “arbitrary short sighted and totally made up right to remain anonymous”? What in Gods name does that mean!
    Just to set the record straight, no one has a “totally made up right to remain anonymous”. What they do have is a real right to their anonymity and their privacy. Just like everyone else. You get to make your choices and others get to make theirs. That’s how freedom works.
    And besides, the truth is that “anonymity” really is the norm, not only online, but in our daily lives as well. There is good reasons why we vote anonymously. We don’t show our “papers” to every person we meet in our daily lives either and the large majority of people commenting on blogs and such, do so anonymously.
    The good news is, as the other commenter so aptly states, you can restrict anyone, for any reason, from commenting on your blog. That choice is yours to make.

  5. jnarveyon 12 Jan 2013 at 9:40 am

    Hey Blame,

    Our anonymity in much of our daily lives doesn’t apply to speech.

    If blog discussions are conversations, then think about it like this: how many conversations do you have a day with people you don’t know? In such cases, isn’t introducing yourself one of the first things that you do, if only to be polite?

    Identifying yourself in a blog post or comments section is not akin to “showing papers” to some Stalinist bureaucrat on the street. I like to know who I’m talking to, but there’s no requirement to post your address, social insurance number and so forth anywhere online. A simple name will do.

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