The case against digital anonymity

Indies Unlimited has just posted my article – Anonymity – the dark side of social media. In it I explore the darker aspects of the social media explosion, and the blurring of the boundaries between the digital world and the real one.

If you’re interested, you can read the full article here :

http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2014/04/24/anonymity-the-dark-side-of-social-media/#comments

As always, I’d love to get your feedback. 🙂

cheers

Meeks

 

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10 responses to “The case against digital anonymity

  • anne54

    It is an interesting article, Meeks, and the discussion rounded it out. You summed it up for me when you said that it was about trust.

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    • acflory

      Thanks Anne. I’d like to say that I knew it was about trust all along, but…it wasn’t until I was reading those replies that it suddenly hit me. Just goes to show that talking inside your own head is NEVER as good as talking to real people 😀

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      • anne54

        That is so true! It must have been good to have had the comments from that chap who had disagreements with your arguments, especially as he disagreed in a reasonable manner. 🙂 It is always better to speak to real arguments, rather than ones that you think people are thinking.

        Have a great weekend, Meeks.

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  • geooorge

    | ( “I’ve seen games getting hate simply because of the game engine used to make it in the first place. I’m talking about games were the team pured their heart into it making a really good game only getting reviews because “stupid game was made with xx engine” or “not enough explosions”. People are confusing their right to express their opinion with the obligation of taking the responsibilities for each ones actions (and the obligation of not being a total …. Hm. The words i was thinking of writing are not PG-13.)”

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    • acflory

      -grin- Thanks for keeping it PG-13. Don’t worry though, I’m sure we can translate your thoughts quite well. 😀

      In seriousness though, I’ve come to believe a lot of people believe that just because something is online, it’s not ‘real’, or doesn’t matter. What they don’t realise is that the people they treat badly aren’t just avatars or developers or programmers or whatever – they’re real people.

      And of course, the haters don’t realise that they are exposing their true selves as well. Or perhaps they do, and that’s why they hide behind handles. :/

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      • geooorge

        The one thing in humans that hasn’t evolved over the years is those primal instincts and functions. While in other species those have adapted, the human equivalents haven’t.
        It’s why you get scared while watching a horror movie while your brain *knows* that it’s fake. That primal part of the brain still kicks in for the flight or fight instinct for a split sec before the rest of the brain says “settle down dude”. Same with smilies. I heard in the radio of a study that they found out that the brain treats the smilies the same way as a real face. And that translates to the rest of the online stuff. People commit suicide over things that happened online. Because there is no such thing as “nothing personal”… You are doing it to someone else, their online presence is just that, presence…

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        • acflory

          Yes! It’s funny, I was talking to someone just recently about emotes and how they take the place of facial expressions in online conversations.

          Maybe we have to just accept that our worlds have expanded to include the online, and that we have to ‘get on’ with people no matter where we find them.

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  • davidprosser

    You make a good case.Anonymity takes away the ability to challenge.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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