While the inspiration for this commentary came from a gaming forum, it'll sound verrrrry familiar. What's striking is the case made, and made very well, for remaining anonymous. Now, I don't think anybody here would actually kill (OK maybe only after a bad day in the Box [laugh thingie], but jack with somebody? Stalk somebody? Yep. It happens.
Surely, by forcing users to post only with their real name, stupid people would keep their mouths shut, and the internet would instead be filled with intelligent debate and thoughtful contribution instead of trolling and profanity.
But it didn’t take me long to realize that was just a fantasy, and instead the idea of taking anonymity away from the internet would have very serious consequences for everyone.
'Course, I'm on record as being strongly opposed to the Silly Sock Outing way back. One in fifty socks were actually real trouble, and truly required amputation. The rest of the socks were just burrs under bitchy blankets. Seeing as how my blanket never fit that tight . . .
But I digress. And I agree, completely, with the content I've linked. Actually, he brings up a couple of points I wouldn't have considered.
Night, y'all. Sleep tight.
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Interesting. A similar discussion/debate is going on regarding news sites, particularly, newspaper's online sites. Mostly about the privilege to write and attach comments to news stories.
The debate goes between -
• Total freedom of speech (no responsibility) where anyone comments on news stories. No registration required, just mash on keyboard and click on the proper button. The result is chaos, flame wars, instant slurs, degraded content of the whole site, etc.
• Simple registration with username/pw and limited moderation with somewhat limited results. Better than flaming chaos.
• Real name and total accountability. Strict moderation possibly including a pay model.
Good friend of mine, former 30 year newspaper photog is vehemently for the latter option and is convinced if newspaper online sites had used this model early on they would be more credible and profitable today.
I can see points on all sides but would probably lean toward the middle ground. The internets are more transparent all the time already.
Loc: Lancaster PA USA
Originally Posted By: yoyo52
My local newspaper just did away with its on-line comments pages because, as the editorial said, something like 90% of comments were venomous, racist, sexist, and plain old ignorant.
Did the Reading Eagle do that as well? Lancaster Newspapers killed their TalkBack Forums, and it was likely because just a few people made a whole lot of noise about stuff they didn't like, and which offended their dainty sensibilities. The argument for a solution invariably included the "anonymity" factor.
In the process, they killed what used to be a pretty vibrant community. Sure, there were some people who flamed and baited with glee and without remorse. But there were also a lot more people who carried on grand, thoughtful conversations. And many of the people participating (whether under a nom de net or using their "real" names) were quite active in the community in a wide variety of capacities—from politicians, to journos, to art facilitators, to Mom-n-Pop business owners.
What many of the (dare I say...) provincial participants failed to understand is that the internet is a big bad world, just like the real world. But because they've been so used to dealing with the insularity that comes with their carefully chosen meatspace sphere of friends and situations, they've come away flabbergasted that people might be more bold, frank and—yes—offensive, than they had been used to in their previous, pre-internet lives. It was pretty clear to me that many of the folks who complained were housewife-ish & church-matrony, and they wished to sanitize the dialogue in some sanctimonious effort to save everyone else from seeing it.
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