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Anonymity of the Web
Posted 6/23/14

Phersu wrote:

Last night, I was given the chance to see how people can act when given the anonymity the web offers. It wasn't a particularly pretty sight. Do you believe this anonymity makes us worse people?

I say it can, to some and perhaps most of us. But not all.


It may be anonymity looking from the front but on the backside of things, no one is anonymous.
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Posted 6/23/14
I can't help but think anonymity in this online world is a great thing despite all the bad.
Just think, for all the bad you see all over the place, it's basically a way of a whole world of people venting out their ideas and feelings be it positive and negative.
Should it be a negative release, I would imagine that over half the time, it leads to them having an easier time not "exploding" to other people because they wouldn't keep it bottled up.
For all the people that reveal who they are on the net, they are typically targets of great ridicule in some cases that causes major problems in their lives. Should they have stayed anonymous, such negativity would not have reached out from this world into the material world.
It's all about keeping 2 seperate lives in a way. You live an online life where you express either great ideas, conversations, and the like - or choose to release your mental garbage to the digital world, and should you be wise, it won't affect you in the physical world - where you must maintain a certain image because of the rules of society and take great care in certain circumstances.

It may seem like a bold statement, but without the net/anonymity I feel like the world would be a worse place, and you can already see what might happen now just by what people say in this digital world. Anonymity gives you a clear view into a person's true feelings, thoughts, and/or intentions at times. With how far we've come/fallen, I don't want to know what things would be like if everyone had to bottle up all the things you see online.
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Posted 6/24/14
I think anonymity is a great thing.

I think people are more real with each other and themselves when they are anonymous because they think that this can never come back to bite them in real life and that even if the stranger does judge you, it's ok, they don't know you in real life anyway.
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Posted 6/24/14
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Posted 6/24/14
People forget that there is another person on the other end. Or, they don't forget but because they're not held accountable for their actions they don't care.

I have to admit, I've done some bad things online because I felt I could get away with it. When I was in middle school I flirted with a bunch of different guys on different sites because I thought "They'll never talk to each other, so who cares". Sure, they never found out but it was horrible of me to not take any of them seriously and play with their emotions like that. Even worse, last summer I was talking to a guy knowing full well that I only saw him as a rebound/summer fling. I did so because I knew I could easily never go on that site again whenever I was done. You'd think you'd grow out of doing things like that but the internet can bring out the worst in you sometimes. I really regret what I did and I'm ashamed.

But to more directly answer your question, read any youtube video's comments.
Posted 8/26/14

GerryO wrote:

Probably does make a lot of people worse, but as for me there's nothing I say online that wouldn't say in real life


^ THIS.

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Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14
I just think that some peeps just wanna stand out sometimes so they say things that are more negative to stand out more easily.

Cuz no matter how nice messages we receive it's the negative ones we remember.
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Posted 8/26/14

pandrasb wrote:

I just think that some peeps just wanna stand out sometimes so they say things that are more negative to stand out more easily.

Cuz no matter how nice messages we receive it's the negative ones we remember.


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Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14

Lowlights wrote:


pandrasb wrote:

I just think that some peeps just wanna stand out sometimes so they say things that are more negative to stand out more easily.

Cuz no matter how nice messages we receive it's the negative ones we remember.


gimme ur lunch money punk


How the kid me would have responded: "You're funny" *ignores* then
I would secretly throw something to distract you and get another bigger kid pissed off, blame you and run away.
Or distract you run away towards a teacher and be like "ha!" then proceed to sneer.

I was quite nimble
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Posted 8/26/14
When it comes to someone like me, I'd say it's better.

Allows me to be more real.
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Posted 8/26/14

pandrasb wrote:


Lowlights wrote:


pandrasb wrote:

I just think that some peeps just wanna stand out sometimes so they say things that are more negative to stand out more easily.

Cuz no matter how nice messages we receive it's the negative ones we remember.


gimme ur lunch money punk


How the kid me would have responded: "You're funny" *ignores* then
I would secretly throw something to distract you and get another bigger kid pissed off, blame you and run away.
Or distract you run away towards a teacher and be like "ha!" then proceed to sneer.

I was quite nimble


"Gimme your lunch money"

"no"

"..okay"
Posted 8/26/14 , edited 8/26/14
It will always be easier to be a dick to a blob of text with a user name (even if that name happens to be a real one) and an avatar than face to face with an actual person. Some people have used cyber bullying and trolling as an excuse to call for an end anonymity on the internet, but assuming that is even something we want to do, we don't have infrastructure to do it. We barely have the infrastructure to do it in the real world, and that's subject massive fraud in the form of indemnity theft cause it's all based on some level of trust.

In the mean time better find a way to humanize people on the internet, or develop a thick skin.

http://www.businessinsider.com/google-science-fair-trisha-prabhu-cyberbullying-2014-8

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2010/02/anonymity_and_t_3.html
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Posted 8/26/14
The web doesn't make assholes, it's just that the web is a great place for you to be an asshole. Few have the courage to say what they say on the web straight to your face. The web pretty much just takes courage, restraint, and accountability out of the equation, so most people can say what they want because there probably wont be a consequence for it.
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Posted 8/26/14
since there is that anonymous quality on the internet, here, i can say i like girls and i probably would never have to courage to in real life.
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