Fandango’s provocative question this week is…
How do you feel about online anonymity? Do you believe that when people are hiding their real world identity, it encourages them to misbehave or to be offensive? Or does it allow people to reveal who they really are or possibly how they would choose to be and act all the time if they could?
There could be a number of reasons why people which to keep their identity under wraps.
When I started my blog, names weren’t mentioned and pics of me were rare, those originally published had my face blanked out.
Regular readers know my name is Di, short for Diana, and roughly where I live in the UK.
That’s as far as it goes, but not because I have anything to hide or trying to avoid anyone.
I blog about my life (past and present), dogs, budgets and family, but it is in my poetry that my inner thoughts probably emerge, a bit of wistful thinking maybe and dreams that never materialised.
Few members of my family know about my blog and friends may check in occasionally. I often wonder if any of my family who stumbled across it would recognise me from my writings! I doubt it to be honest because we are so out of touch, they have no idea about my life, thoughts, or the person I am.
If people use a fake persona to be offensive, I have no time for them. Honesty and personal opinion is all well and good, but you don’t have to be nasty about it, and if you haven’t got the guts to say what you do as yourself, then you should keep quiet.
I can understand how some people like to be seen and may hide behind a pseudonym so that they can project a persona of someone they’d like to be. I pretended to be someone I wasn’t and who others expected me to be for years. That is all behind now and I am happy being who I am.
From Fandango’s point of view having been a victim of identity fraud, too much information is available in too many places so having an ‘alter ego’ if you like is probably the best option.