Here’s a few small thoughts derived from reviewing various remarks that have been left here with regards to the recent unpleasantness concerning certain personal slights of a defamatory nature and the subsequent hoo-ha over that.
If the people making such libelous comments don’t have the spine, moral gumption or basic decency to attach themselves to a REAL name (and all the other details and “real world” consequences associated with that), then maybe they should just shut the fuck up. It’s one thing to talk “words to power” or otherwise rail against the machine under the guise of a pseudonym, but quite another to take gratuitous and maliciously destructive pot shots at individuals referencing their REAL names, in addition to leveling baseless smears, lies and general bullshit about their personal lives under the cloak of anonymity.
There are many bloggers who pose under fanciful online names (for a variety of reasons — some quite perfectly legitimate; others… well, not so much) but who nonetheless behave responsibly and who understand the distinctions involved between the online world and the real world consequences of their postings. In this regard, I watched a talk earlier today on the social impacts of globalization that touched on this subject and mentioned the fact over half of companies now routinely employ software to ferret out details of the online activities of potential hires — “Google is the new resume” was the take-away phrase from that lecture. This is part of the reason that I was so agitated about the misinformation being disseminated by some “Anonymous” poster(s) and the reckless, thoroughly irresponsible attitude of another blogger that quite happily offered up a platform for its dissemination.
But it’s a hopeless endevour to struggle against this disturbing tide of calumny. Anonymous cowards, gutless wonders, phonies, and faceless Lib4effer-type poseurs will always be with us… not to mention the craven miscreants, liars, frauds, delusional fabulists, crackpots, loons, nutjobs and the inevitable assortment of bottom-feeding, scum-sucking riff-raff, rabble and yappa-dappa ding-dongs that, in the apparent absence of productive lives, delight in the wantonly malicious character assassination of others. Such is the glorious nature of our so-called “political discourse” these days.
It’s the choice we make when deciding to publish opinions online using real names, I guess. In the course of doing so we may be exposed to a lot of malicious, hateful bullshit and outright misinformation about us. Whether it actually has any destructive effect remains to be seen. It would be nice to think that such rubbish doesn’t and that it may be more reasonably viewed within the depraved and hopelessly debased context of online “discourse” and the various lies and fabrications pedaled by miscreants are all just simply regarded with a deep amount of skepticism and the profound contempt for the source of which most are fully deserving of.