5 April 2009

They Call Me Meme

Anon is under scrutiny again.

Some of the most interesting explorations of Internet activity are now taking place in universities, where bands of students study online identity and role playing for years.

The longer one blogs, the less anonymous one becomes. That, of course, is taking into account that one wishes to be anonymous in the first place. I found the avatars and posturing in chat rooms seriously alarming at first. Calling a spade a spade is what one expects from a gardener.
Expecting that they (a gardener will play along indefinitely, using memes and tropes, is probably one bridge too far...

It is a considerable time since "Anonymous" graced the comment pages here with his or her presence. I wonder where they went...


Blogger DaviMack said...

There are some assumptions there: that anonymous might have been a single person is one, and that anonymous would be consistently anonymous is another.

It wasn't me, though. I've been anonymous twice, and I remember those instances quite clearly: they were not on this blog, but upon T's blog, and were in a circumstance where to be seen to be supporting her would have been to subject my opinion to prejudice. Therefore, in order to have the words heard for themselves, I maintained anonymity. Otherwise ... nah, I'm me, always. ;)

4/05/2009 8:54 pm  
Blogger Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

I must learn not to assume...

Anonymous is a slippery fish.

4/07/2009 10:13 am  
Blogger DaviMack said...

It's troublesome: once you start spotting assumptions, your knowledge decreases. Or, rather, the things that you "know" diminish in quantity. Hopefully, though, the ones which remain are of better quality. ;)

4/07/2009 12:50 pm  

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