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02010-12-02 | Uncategorized | 2 comments

Deleted my YouTube account, and then my Vimeo account, followed by ClaimID, BoxBe and anything else that wasn’t necessary.

William Gibson called this video The Turkish turkey Hitler (YouTube)

Keep your identity small
Nice essay. Choice sentence:

If people can’t think clearly about anything that has become part of their identity, then all other things being equal, the best plan is to let as few things into your identity as possible.

The more we identify with, the less we can learn. The cup that is full cannot receive tea.

Something is seriously wrong with today’s Internet, it’s a flaw that Plato was already aware of… anonymity:
Daring Fireball: Anonymity Breeds Contempt

Even in the fourth century B.C., Plato touched upon the subject of anonymity and morality in his parable of the ring of Gyges. That mythical ring gave its owner the power of invisibility, and Plato observed that even a habitually just man who possessed such a ring would become a thief, knowing that he couldn’t be caught. Morality, Plato argues, comes from full disclosure; without accountability for our actions we would all behave unjustly. […]

Psychological research has proven again and again that anonymity increases unethical behavior.

2 Comments

  1. dave

    I liked this line … “But there is a step beyond thinking of yourself as x but tolerating y: not even to consider yourself an x.”

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  2. Panj

    The Turkey Hitler is just plain creepy…

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