Names make us nice . . . or at least not not nice. Anonymity has long been hailed as one of the founding philosophies of the Internet, a critical bulwark protecting our privacy. But that view no longer holds. In all but the most extreme scenarios—everywhere outside of repressive governments—anonymity damages online communities. Letting people remain anonymous while engaging in fundamentally public behavior encourages them to behave badly. Indeed, we shouldn’t stop at comments. Web sites should move toward requiring people to reveal their real names when engaging in all online behavior that’s understood to be public—when you’re posting a restaurant review or when you’re voting up a story on Reddit, say. In almost all cases, the Web would be much better off if everyone told the world who they really are.
—Farhad Manjoo, “Troll, Reveal Thyself,” Slate. (h/t: Alan Jacobs)
Who Needs You to Go to College? “A little creative (and Biblical) analysis will see that education—despite its personal benefits—is ultimately other-centered.”
—Sam Van Eman, writing at TheHighCalling.org
- Writing Sheds of the Rich and Famous (Source: hmhpoetry, via mcnallyjackson)
- I’m sure none of our readers know what this is like.
A reader symposium exploring the many ways to be male and female.