“There are myriad reasons why individuals may wish to use a name other than the one they were born with. They may be concerned about threats to their lives or livelihoods, or they may risk political or economic retribution. They may wish to prevent discrimination or they may use a name that’s...
I mean, even in the scenarios where one holds a different opinion, the issue has always been less about thinking differently, but being an asshole.
The internet allows one to be an asshole with the least amount of risk possible. It allows one to be combative on the most benign subjects possible (favorite tea flavor, for instance).
Free speech is needed, but anonymity is just a double-edged sword.
> Who gives a fuck what the words on the monitor say?
Anybody who reacts and responds to words on a monitor. In this case, you and me. It can be denied, but really, how would you deny that my words have no effect on you, simple words on your screen, when you feel compelled to react to it?
Assuming that is the case, where the protagonist was simply reacting to unfair conditions against him.
Too many trolls and "holier-than-thou" types around to say that doesn't fit even a quarter of my experiences.
And even then, responding to assholery with being an asshole yourself doesn't help anyone.
"There are myriad reasons why individuals may wish to use a name other than the one they were born with. They may be concerned about threats to their lives or livelihoods, or they may risk political or economic retribution. They may wish to prevent discrimination or they may use a name that’s easier to pronounce or spell in a given culture"
This. So many times I have used a false name registering for online services. If various services allow assumed names, then the Anon Internet can prevail. And using my assumed name, I was never banned from a service because of it. Only in some rare occasions was I asked to provide my real name, and have it backed up with a passport or utility bill, but those were usually related to high-risk financial arrangements, so I don't mind sacrificing my real identity with that.
> the idealist in me thinks we shouldn't even need anonymity
With all due respect, idealism in this particular case is pie-in-the-sky horseshit. Human nature dictates that there's a good probability that retribution is on the way if you say particular things on the internet that piss people off. That's called common sense.
So what you think 'we should need' here, is irrelevant.
All due respectfully, of course...
I suppose you live in a world where you offend nobody, and everybody understands and respects you. In otherwords you take no risk. Now try being a Jew in Iran, or a black guy in Alabama, or a Muslim Uiygur in China. The last one is a great example because it relates directly to information and anonymity.
Some of those people were sent to camps to have the way they think fixed. Forget about this whole religion nonsense, think normally. By force. How do they track them? Their phones. Everyone who holds one of these devices I'm currently typing this on is carrying a beacon. So then you can see why software and hardware companies are watched and pressured.
Cops routinely photograph everyone at peaceful protests and run surveillance ops on political organisations that aren't suspected of any criminal activity.
The right to anonymous speech isn't just part of a checklist of ideals to be ticked off when you're measuring the hypothetical perfectly free society, its a practical necessity *right now*.
Wouldn’t also be nice for people to be held accountable for something stupid they said or did once? While I do get your point. It 2020 people get offended by almost anything these days.
We all cringe at something we did a while back that embarrassed ourselves, but that’s how we learn. If you have no recourse for what you do maybe people won’t learn?
I am all for freedom an anonymity of the internet, but when you see how hateful people can be, nazis, cultists, pedos, etc. do you really want them being able to disappear into anonymity?
Idk just my input. Too tired to make sense of thoughts now.
Yes. Extremists don't get deradicalized by removing anonymity. They just adapt. They're not stupid, they'll see stuff like that and feel justified because their enemy is trying to destroy the anonymity of many just to silence them.