Ahigh school girl named Megaa Omari Grandberry met 43-year-old flamerboy548 in achat room. Flamerboy548 told Kacie that he was 18 and went to the same schoolas her. They started talking for a couple of months. One thing lead to anotherso they started online dating. While they were in a relationship she becamecomfortable telling flamerboy548 all of her information.
As far as her realname to her home address. Later on, Megaa fell in love with another boy andbroke up with flamerboy548. One night when Kacie was home alone in Cleveland,Ohio, flamerboy548 had come into her house, covered her face with achloroform-soaked rag, and dragged her into a minivan. He knew when she gothome from school when her father left for work, and when she would be at homealone. Megaa’s friends were worried about Megaa giving out information freelyto people that she had met on the Internet and even spoke to a counselor atschool about their concern. It was too late in Megaa’s situation.
Flamerboy548took Megaa to a storage unit, raped and killed her hiding her underneath thefloor boards, before aiming a gun at his head.Anonymityshould be something we continue to have on our social media websites. Thismeans real names shouldn’t be put into the public. Society could be veryjudgmental of our race, opinions and views upon issues of the world. Being anonymousis important for online social discussions involving abuse, minority issues,harassment, and many other things. Also, anonymity is useful for people whowant to ask technical questions that they don’t want to admit they don’t knowthe answer to.
For example, if a priest asked someone questions that he shouldknow about god, and someone found out about it his career could be on the line.Also, if someone was identified reporting illegal activities without the fearof getting jail time, and later on gets in trouble other people may find outthis happened, causing more people to become silent resulting in more crimes . Withoutanonymity, these actions can result in public ridicule or censure, physicalinjury, loss of employment or status, and in some cases, even legal action.Anonymityis extremely effective in promoting freedom of expression.
This may have sort of a cathartic effect inthat it allows people to get their feelings out without physically hurtingpeople of other cultures, races, etc. Additionally, anonymity hinders somemethods of controlling the actions of other people. This is an additionalargument in the usefulness of anonymity in the protection of freedom ofexpression.
Anadditional argument for anonymity is that it is a part of society andunavoidable. Anonymous communication can be achieved in real life by sending anunsigned letter or making an anonymous phone call. From the large number ofusers who take advantage of anonymous services on the internet, it can be seenthat these services are truly necessary and fill a specific need. Theavailability of the technology to set up such an anonymous server also makesthe elimination of such servers virtually impossible; as soon as one is shut down,another one is created. The current availability of such services eliminatesthe need to forge an identity or use another person’s identity to correspondanonymously. People on the net are anonymous to some degree anyway because ofthe inherent characteristics of the medium. Services providing additionalanonymity are only expanding on this feature of the net.
Theanti-anonymity brigade assumes that the cloak of the keyboard brings out thevery worst in people because there’s no accountability in an identity vacuum.This belief, however, is purely anecdotal and is completely empiricallyunfounded. But surely anonymous users can still launch virtualbombs and then log off forever? Yes, but they aren’t commenting in a vacuum.Keepingan apparently anonymous rabble at bay requires more time, demands moreengagement and means that we have to become part of the community so we canrecognize our new virtual collaborators. That is the only way that we won’t beoverwhelmed by mob rule. And in the end, everyone, named or not, will have hadtheir say.