Online Pseudonyms

In real life, we have the legal right to say pretty much whatever we want, but we are enmeshed in a network of social checks and balances that keep us accountable for our speech. Nobody can force us to shut up, but lots of people can make their displeasure known to us. It’s a good balance that allows people to share ideas freely without rending the fabric of the community.

This is hugely important in my opinion, and the thing that is missing from online pseudonymity, turning people who are typically governable by social constructs into antisocial beasts running amok online…and none of us are immune.

Michael Brutsch, ViolentAcrez, and Online Pseudonyms – Duly Noted.

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