Anonymity on the Internet

A topic has come up several times in chats between my husband and I, and now Paul. It’s about Internet anonymity. Our consensus appears to be that it’s too much responsibility for some people.

Sure, it’s nice to be able to say what you want behind a wall of facelessness. But it allows cowardly assholes to be as abusive and spiteful as they want, without fear of the normal retributions of such hateful behavior–such as a fist in the nose, or people knowing what sort of person you are.

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7 Responses to Anonymity on the Internet

  1. silicates says:

    Certain people think they’re anonymous when they browse my site. But that’s why I have site meters, so I can keep writing posts that piss them off.

  2. Why people do this? I don’t understand why some people just love to harrass others. I just don’t understand the mentality of these idiots. I mean, there are so much things to do, besides hating and harrassing others. I just don’t understand. I WILL NEVER understand. *shakes head in despite*

    • Eugie Foster says:

      There’s no good reason. It’s immature, spiteful people who don’t have anything better to do with their lonely, miserable existences, and don’t have the sense to find something worthwhile to do with their lives. It’s pretty pathetic.

  3. amokk says:

    it’s the same mentality of people who cheat in games (be it RPGs, video games, monopoly, whatever), and i just dont get it.

    i think it boils down to wanting to win at everything, be it a game, competition, conversation or whatever the “contest” happens to be, and to these people everything in life is a contest. if it’s not “who can do more” it’s simply “who’s better” and cheating doesnt negatively affect the outcome in their eyes.

    kinda sad, when you think about it.

  4. soyfaerie says:

    I agree. Both of us know this first-hand, unfortunately.

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