There really isn’t any hiding on the internets anymore. There never was any ability to hide, really, but many people tried anyway to hide behind fake names, forged email accounts and IP-spoofing surf sites. Why would someone try to hard to so fruitlessly hide their identity? The simple answer is: They’re up to no good. The more complex question is: Why Are You Hiding When We Already Know Who You Are?
In yesterday’s article, we discussed how the internet can bind old friendships. Today, we’ll examine why meeting virtual friends in person often leads to disaster and misconception.
If you have an online life, you know the CyberBullies are stalking around you. They send you hate mail or leave anonymous/faked comments on your blog. They hide their identities because they are not brave enough to own their own words. They live in the muck and tar of disease and depression and they are not happy unless they can try to bring you down to their sycophant level.
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As the internets condense, the volume and the viciousness of anonymous commenters has exploded. Two years ago, most big blogs allowed anonymous commenting. Today, those same blogs now require commenters to be registered in order to protect the integrity of the conversation.
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I’ve written a lot about how cruelty has ruined Web 2.0: