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August 05, 2003

DGLS and Anyonymity II

Dylan Goes to Law School is another new-to-me blawg by a soon-to-be 1-L. Dylan nails the whole anonymity question: Basically, trying to remain totally anonymous (and worrying about whether you're succeeding) is just too much trouble. Meanwhile, if the casual observer doesn't know you are you, that's no big deal either. I've been waffling on whether it's inconsistent of me to continue posting as "ambimb" if I'm going to claim I'm not concerned about anonymity, but as Dr. X. wisely pointed out in an email, there's

a distinction between advertising that it's you (or even acknowledging that it's you) and hiding from your views when asked.

Thanks Dr. X. I quite obviously couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted August 5, 2003 01:42 PM | law school

I agree with this. I think an online alias is good for personal safety because it deters trolls and predators. Safety becomes even more important when there are kids in the household.

And I think that it's possible to "be yourself" in a consistent way, even when writing under some degree of anonymity.

Posted by: Zelda at August 6, 2003 11:32 PM

I agree. People may figure out who I am, but they'll have to do some fishing.

I've still found myself doing the self-censorship thing sometimes, though.

Posted by: JCA at August 8, 2003 09:23 PM

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