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Anna Seal

Anonymity

Posted on 2012.04.13 at 07:32
Current Location: 67114

Online anonymity helps mask not the prejudices of others, rather our own. I know everything I need to know about XSleuth for example not based upon the color of his skin, his religious or sexual preference, or even something as awkward as his looks remind me of an old boss I had that I hated and therefore affects my judgement of him. With all that stripped away all I have are his words. And uncolored from the clutter of everything else, its more pure - I have nothing else on which to judge him.

Its a double-edged sword to be sure, but such is the nature of the beast. It can allow us to try on something new, or truly express ourselves. There's a lot of freedom in that, and almost no repercussions. Embrace it for empowerment's sake, or despise it - its your choice - just be aware its not always as negative as some might think.

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Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2012-04-13 14:29 (UTC) (Link)
We often make friends based on physical associations; they are our neighbors, our co-workers. The thing we have in common is our proximity or the same work.

I have found with these types of friendships, that in many instances that when something changes, like one of us moves or takes another job, despite all good intentions of staying in touch, the relationship fades.

Yet, the friends I have made through blogging, or other internet venues endure indefinitely. Why? For the very reasons you mentioned. Our friendship is based on shared ideas, and a true enjoyment of personality; not proximity, not going through the motions of our lives together.

I have only one old friend that I first became acquainted with in the flesh that remains. We were six when we first met. The rest of my long-term buddies, I met on the internet first (and some I've never seen in the flesh yet).

Edited at 2012-04-13 02:30 pm (UTC)
Jobu
jobu121 at 2012-04-13 14:36 (UTC) (Link)
Very well said sir.

We can share ideas and a glimpse of who we want to be with those online with like-minded people.

In addition, as you mention double-edged sword, I have noticed that online anonymity also allows people to act braver, act tougher, and act as if they are untouchable. For example, someone in California can call you names knowing that geographically you are unable to insert your boot into their arse! LOL Whereas if in person, they would be more reserved.
Lelf Treperra
ubet_cha at 2012-04-13 16:04 (UTC) (Link)
I gave up on the concept of online anonymity almost a decade ago. Sure this handle keeps my elderly parents and in-laws from looking me up, but I’m reasonably confident that everyone on my friends list knows who I am, where I live and what size shoe I wear. Why not?

It’s the same reason I try to stay honest in general. Not out of morality. Its just easier to remember what the hell I said.
ehowton
ehowton at 2012-05-30 19:11 (UTC) (Link)
For the longest time I thought you were a chick. I didn't know you were male until well after we'd friended each other and you posted a pic.

Of all the people I interact with on here (a diminishing population to be sure) you and I are more alike than just about anyone else it seems, save my clone, michelle1963.

Which of course reminds me of a post I need to write...
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