Last night this Diary received 1,000 comments, most of which were spam. Almost 100 were able to evade the spam filter and among the ones that were genuine comments was this gem:
Peace | firstname.lastname@example.org | IP: 126.96.36.199
You are not Swazi and donâ€™t have a clue of what youâ€™re talking about. So please do yourself a favor and just shut up!!
Mar 8, 11:51 PM â€” View post â€œSwazi king marries 11th wifeâ€
Ah, such clarity of expression! Obviously jmd is a student of poetry at the university of Akron.
That leads me to a subject I have been discussing with friends. Anonymity on the internet. See this from the Well:
Membership is not for everyone: partly because we are non-anonymous here. This means that as a member, you know the names of the people you’re talking with and they know you, leading to real relationships.
What would the web be like if nobody was anonymous? Spam would be greatly reduced or would not exist at all. We would think twice before posting a comment, if that comment would follow us for the rest of our life. What would it be like if there were two layers to the net and on top of the current internet was another layer that one cannot enter anonymously?