Anyone who has a blog or posts regularly on the Internet will agree that the most critical comments almost always come from anonymous sources. I can vouch for it on this blog and when I write on places like Huffington Post or Fox News. My biggest critics have names like “TruthSeeker” or “Light3945.” It’s frustrating, but I accept it, because it’s always been part of web culture – at least until now. Beginning on The Huffington Post, a new campaign has started to encourage people to “Own what we think.” Essentially, the Post has changed their policy and won’t allow any more anonymous accounts. In other words, you can’t trash someone or make negative comments and then hide under an assumed name.
Will it work? I don’t know, but the idea is picking up momentum and other sites are following their lead.
What do you think? Do you have the courage to be known for what you believe? Or do you think it’s better to comment in disguise?