The Freedom of Anonymity

02Apr07
The person we are to other people are the words we speak to them
And everyone can’t speak their words, do their acts and think their thoughts without worrying about the existant souls around us who just dont hear but form their opinions about us. There are situations when one wants his voice to get heard but left unseen, when one can say anything he feels and wouldn’t have to bare the brunt of it. Now that you’ve got the answer here’s the question : Why do people like to be anonymous?
Anonymity is freedom, freedom to be no one and be yourself. Its like speaking on a megaphone admist a road crowded enough to get lost. From the secret ballot voting system to allowing anonymous comments on the blogs, its the way to hear NO when you were actually expecting a may be. Anonymous comments are almost never nice, they ridicule, make fun and then doesn’t allow you to shoot back. They are those truths your dear ones so really want you to know.
While some use it to give a voice to themselves there is always that ‘hotguy’ waiting right there on web to ping you and talk nasty or that Mr.Anonymous who calls ur phone to say nothing. This is ofcourse the price you pay for using a nickname on your blog.
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11 Responses to “The Freedom of Anonymity”

  1. 1 L>T

    I remember when I was a kid & fantasyed about being invisible, & watching the movie about the invisible man on TV. That’s what being anonymous is sorta like.
    freedom.
    But, isn’t it funny that the freedom of anonymity is generally not used for good things?

    Interesting to think about…

  2. 2 Maverick

    @l>t:freedom of anonymity is generally used for things which we wanted to do n hesitated b’cos of our identity. Now its true tht we got quite mischevious thoughts about it 🙂

  3. 3 L>T

    well, yes… internet anonymity can be quite fun & not all bad. ;]

  4. 4 Cuckoo

    Well, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone it is ok to be anonymous.

    Know what? Till my last 2 posts I had kept it open for all but for my post on blog’s worth I started getting nasty anon comments. No need to guess where they came from. So had to block. I’ll open it again after sometime. :))

  5. 5 Maverick

    @l>t:finally dragged u to my point 🙂

    @cuckoo:i said this at ur place but am saying it again. that’s the price u’ve to pay for being popular 🙂

  6. 6 SM

    The reason of being anonymous according to me is very simple and fair.This gives you the freedom of pouring your heart out without being judged by anyone.

  7. 7 L>T

    Oh, you are the clever one. ;]

  8. 8 Maverick

    @sm: very true ! tht’s the ultimate reason i guess. btw why did u change ur display name frm sharda mishra to sm 🙂

  9. 9 Anonymous

    I agree … the reasons for retaining anonymity can be many … freedom from fear of being ridiculed or punished …. voicing your opinion without being judged … discourage bias (negative or positive) … but yes the power of anonymity is also and frequently (ab)used for revenge or torment.

    P.S. This is Sigma from Idle Thoughts. Just couldn’t resist the temptation to file the comment as “anon” 😀

  10. 10 Mridula

    I think I have been lucky to get mostly encouraging anonymous comments (only one or to nasty) but then you can’t offend much when you log about travel!

  11. 11 Maverick

    @sigma:true, but as i said tht’s the price u gotta pay 🙂

    @mridula:u got nasty comments too? i can’t believe, wat nasty could someone post on a travel blog.


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