Posts Tagged With: people behaving badly

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February 3, 2014

The Trouble with Anonymity.

Anonymity is important. I’m going to say that upfront. Anonymity is necessary for people to be able to speak freely about atrocities going on, without fear of repercussions from others. So that they can speak up. But that isn’t what you typically see anonymity used for. Over on Tumblr, a few friends of mine have been hurt by anonymous users who’ve started campaigns to bully them. One was couched as an “academic discussion” – but really, it was bullying masquerading as something intellectual. If it had really been a discussion of how possibly problematic themes were used, there wouldn’t have…