Friday, August 21, 2009

The coming-out stories of anonymous bloggers

The coming-out stories of anonymous bloggers

Story Highlights
Formerly anonymous bloggers share their coming-out stories with CNN
(Maybe CNN would like to hear Buffy's story?)
The writers can be forced to give up their identities by courts or technology
Earlier this week, a judge ordered Google to give over the identity of a blogger
Another outed blogger says she was fired for her online opinions

Some anonymous bloggers […] worry their veils of anonymity will be pulled back against their will, and plenty of news events validate their fears. […]

Some bloggers who post under their real names say that those who write under pseudonyms have something to hide or don't want to be held accountable to their audiences. Heather B. Armstrong, who was fired from her job after her employer discovered her blog, Dooce, where she posted under her real name, said there are few valid reasons a blogger should veil his or her identity. "I think if you're doing something anonymously you've got some issues going on," she said. "There's a reason that you're hiding."

Probably actually that he has no real properly considered "response" to the issues I was writing about, so all he could do was spit out puerile personal attacks and attempted defamation.

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