Why I Believe in Internet Anonymity, Even When You're Calling Me a ****

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Mike, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Good commentary -- we also need to remember that when the Framers penned the 1st amendment free speech was often anonynmous, and in 1776 anonymous internet trolls were mostly limited to posting "bills" on trees, fences, etc.

    There's a reason why countries like China don't appreciate anonymity.

    Huffington Post: Why I Believe in Internet Anonymity, Even When You're Calling Me a ****

    So, internet warriors, do your worst. In some ways, it is almost flattering that someone would take the time out to log in (or in cases of extreme desire to express, sign up!) and type furiously away, their tongue no doubt hanging out of the side of their mouth, just to say that you suck. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but I'm hard-pressed to take offence at what HumM1ng8ird1876 has to say, even if they're lobbing outright homophobia my way or calling me a... well, take your pick. After all, they don't know my name either.

    Anonymity is a gilded cage which protects us from each other. Let the key stay lost.
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  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    On the same subject from about six months ago ...

    UK Telegraph: Online anonymity is ugly - but it's vital for free speech

    But forcing internet users to forego their anonymity would compromise the ability to post freely and openly without fear of retribution. Anonymity allows people’s voices to be heard, and people to speak about issues they may not otherwise feel comfortable talking about. Whistleblowers demonstrate why anonymity can be necessary. Yes, anonymity online can be used irresponsibly, but it can also remove the barriers to a free and open conversation.
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