Opinion | The Canon

Identity unknown

Why do you choose to, or choose not to, remain anonymous at Columbia? Under what circumstances, if any, is anonymity justified—or even ideal?

Just as our writers have reflected on anonymity—from Bwog comments to Facebook insults (and admirers) to the more general space to (re)define our identities—we ask the same of our readers. Feel free to use the comment space to voice your own thoughts, not only about the content of these pieces but also about your own experiences.

Grace Bickers and Yasmin Gagne
Editorial Page Editors


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brg posted on

I feel offended that you wouldn't mention b@b, that's how I feel. #specsucks

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Anonymous posted on

It was mentioned in first article

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Anonymous posted on

We spend a large amount of our time on the internet trying to advertise ourselves in one way or another. We want to be followed, friended and seen on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr and that often that involves putting what others think and do in front of what you actually think and do. Other people's content becomes your content as you become part of a huge rat race for more popularity. It doesn't matter that you had an amazing night out or went to a great restaurant, what matters is that people know you had that experience.

Anonymity strips this away. You know no-one and vice-versa, so you aren't socially judged. You can say what you want to say and people will respond to that thought, and not to the thought in reference to you. This, ironically, makes it easier to talk about what you're actually really feeling. Are you going to post about how someone rejected you on Facebook? Of course not, but you might do so on b@b, or some other site.

If anything, anonymity is the tool that allows the creation of the Original Content that everyone on the internet craves. It's not an accident that you can trace back pretty much any online meme or craze to the anonymous 4chan.

TL;DR - Anonymity's good because it allows you to say what you want to say and get judged on that alone.

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Anonymous posted on

This is an interesting series. You guy should have had #specsucks get in on the conversation!

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