Tuesday, November 30, 2010
[perhaps a drop exaggerated]
The New York Times today denounced anonymous Internet writers.
I can only see "Amen!" to that. Clearly we would find much less nasty, hateful nonsense on the Internet and more thoughtful dialogue if anonymity were prohibited. As the Times Op-ed piece points out "most trolls wouldn’t have the gall to say to another person’s face half the things they anonymously post on the Internet".
Now, I know that there are those who will claim "I cannot reveal my identity on the Internet because if I did I would not be able to write honest, important things without quickly being assassinated." Right. Authors are assassinated every day on the streets of New York. In reality, these people are just obnoxious cowards who are probably afraid to reveal what failures they actually are.
"Morality, Plato argues, comes from full disclosure; without accountability for our actions we would all behave unjustly." This is so true it hardly needs to be stated and I think it explains why nearly all Internet atheists refuse to identify themselves. They don't want to be held accountable for the garbage they write.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 4:42 AM