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Judging by my Twitter feed this morning, it would appear as thought the debate over “anonymous” blog and Twitter comments has again been raised by people who think that having unattributed comments is going to rip the fabric of society apart at its very core.
The thing is though, anonymous comments or attributed comments just don’t matter. The only reason people raise this as an issue is because they want to detract from the statements being made by focussing on who made them.
It’s missing the point completely. It shouldn’t matter where an argument comes from, it should be countered or agreed with based on its content, not on its origin.
It seems to me that those who would forever defend the moral high-ground on having an impersonal, issue-based debate are the ones that would be quickest to move beyond that to merely discounting an idea or an argument because they don’t like the person who made it. Regardless of it’s validity.
The short of it is, it just doesn’t matter. If you want to have a notion attributed to yourself then fine, post it with your name. If you don’t, then post anonymously. If your idea is good, or bad, it should be judged on that content. Not your name, or lack thereof.
Seriously Internet, move the fuck on.