Civility. Accountability. And It's Still The Internet?
I've had a long-standing policy of not replying to anonymous complaints or letters--unless, of course, there's a very compelling reason that the author needs to remain anonymous.
And, quite frankly, I haven't gotten one of THOSE kind of missives, ever.
It's the same reason I don't take part in chat rooms--there are several about the Kennedy assassination that I'd love to dive into, but I don't like anonymous postings and unaccountable drivel. Same with local radio and sports boards--people hiding behind aliases to say the meanest, snarkiest, most unfounded crap without having to own up to the consequences of what they write. It's where the gutless flourish, allowed to spew and flame while hiding behind an alias. Do I really care what someone things about something when that someone doesn't have the stones to put a name next to their thought?
It's one of the lingering problems of the Internet, where part of the allure (it's free-spirited, unbridled, lawless culture) is also it's biggest drawback ( how much of what you see/read on the web do you REALLY believe?).
The tide may be turning, thanks to Facebook.
What once was a bastion for the young is now getting a little grayer and a TON more civil--it's all about who you are, and you being what you said you were.
Time sings the praises of the New Web Order in this article in it's most-recent issue.