Junior Ganymede
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Internet Anonymity

June 28th, 2011 by Bertie

Re internet anonymity, I agree with the chappy who said, “real names are for finite communities.” Most apposite, dash it. Gorblimey, if feller wants to hide his light under a dashed bushel while still letting it shine, let him, says I.

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June 28th, 2011 16:10:03

June 28, 2011

I agree with the sentiment that anonymity is mostly pernicious for civility on the Web. I think I’d probably be a bit more circumspect if I had to write everything under my own name.


I’m genuinely interested in hearing a reasonable explanation that doesn’t rely on the weak, “My boss wouldn’t like it if she found out what I really thought.”

Is more than a weak excuse in my case. I’m not guessing my employer would care; I’ve actually had a visit from my employer’s security office asking me to knock off posting anything on the Internet under my own name.

His Majesty is ever so stubborn about such things.

June 28, 2011

I see the argument for anonymity like that of the right to bear arms, but if anything stronger. It is debatable if an armed conflict with the govt could be won, but as long as we exercise these rights, that is that much less power the govt has. All loss of anonymity means is that we have given the govt power that is had no right to demand. How many Chinese citizens would desire what we have?

Adam G.
June 29, 2011

Internet onymity can easily be a fraud anyway.


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