Yesterday I walked to my mail box and out came the latest issue of Forbes. I stopped dead in my tracks. The headlines read, “Hiding Behind the Net: ANONYMITY LETS CREEPS, CRIMINALS, and MALICIOUS MOBS RUN WILD.” You may ask, “What’s the big deal?”
It is a HUGE deal if you have been the victim of one or many of these CREEPS and you are saying finally FORBES deemed it worthwhile to cover this issue. Halleluiah! Halleluiah! I love you FORBES!
Read the article at http://members.forbes.com/forbes/2007/1015/074.html (you have to be a member – become one if nothing else to read this article!!)
Here is an excerpt from the article:
Question this right of Net anonymity and you risk an unmitigated thrashing (anonymously, of course). So maybe we are asking for trouble when we dare to say that Internet anonymity is out of control. Today the Net still protects the abused and the disenfranchised, people who go online for help because they can do so in secret. But it also shields creeps, criminals and pedophiles. It emboldens the mean-spirited and offers them a huge audience for spewing hatred and libel. Caustic cowards are free to one-up one another in invective and vitriol–haters who would tone it down if they had to identify themselves. A backlash has begun, and it could gain support in Congress and in the courts unless the Internet industry itself finds new fixes. “People are cruel,” says Hemanshu Nigam, chief security officer at MySpace, which requires no ID data for any post. “Anonymity doesn’t inspire this, but it does remove the fear to think, to act and to explore.”
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What can I say? Every sentence in the article is worth posting. It is filled with examples of slander, lies, libel by anonymous posters. Remember what happened at Alfred State College? A blog that purported to talk about academic issues attacked women viciously. Here is one sample posting! There were many like this, but it shows you what happens when CREEPS hide behind anonymity. They write such posts and then go home to their daughters, wife, mother, and sisters! Names have been withheld in the posting.
Posted: Wed May 31, 2006 9:41 am Post subject:
Of course X needed to do shameless toadying with X. Sleeping around like she did in the past won’t have worked (we assume).
Guest Posted: Wed May 31, 2006 5:51 pm Post subject:
If sleeping around was all that she did wrong, then leave her alone. If she were a man, she would have been considered a stud in the administration before X, not a slut. X also has X, and we all know that his general Hemingway fantasy life has probably got him to do a little of that along the way too–if not literally, then figuratively.
Hell, let’s just cut to the chase. The administration is a pack of whores, and we have all been cuckolded by SUNY, for we have been made to not call them what they are, and we have been made to sit on our hands while they are burning down the house.
What can I say? All BAD things must come to an end. After all, this is America! Yeah!