Tuesday, October 28, 2014

No one cared who I was until I put on the mask

People oppose anonymity because they can't think for themselves:
Feminists and social justice warriors hate online anonymity. In the recent months, there has been a deluge of articles arguing that the internet is rife with harassment because people can hide behind online handles, and only total digital monitoring can make women feel safe online. Likewise, many in the manosphere have said the only way to root out fakes and posers positioning themselves as internet alphas is for men to write under their real names. Imagine that, men and social justice warriors in agreement. Too bad they’re both wrong.
In the early days of the internet, before AOL brought vast unwashed masses online, there was a utopic and perhaps naive vision, that anonymity would make the internet a place where ideas were evaluated based on their merit rather than who said them. Elite-approved experts were a constraint of old media. The internet was a meritocracy. It didn’t matter what the gatekeepers thought of you. If you had a voice and your content was good, you could have an audience.
It is ironic that social justice warriors would want to eliminate a system that removes race, gender, class, and age. You don’t know if the writer behind these words is an elderly Jewish woman, a grandfather of ten, or a very articulate thirteen-year-old. Sure, I write for Return of Kings and present myself as a young man, but how do you know?
Those of us outside the Overton window are dismissed as cranks, fools, reactionaries, extremists, and all around dangerous individuals. If all of that is true, then why do the SJWs, freaks, degenerates, feminazis, and beta herbivores work so hard at doxxing us? Surely if our ideas are so very wrong and irrational, they'll fall down on their own accord?

Truth always outs, if only because of the enormous mental and financial resources necessary to maintain the lies. I write under a pseudonym more out of long habit than anything else. If my four loyal readers are burning to know my real name, a cursory google search will probably dig it up.

The reason why they oppose anonymity is they want an easy way to disqualify persons or facts they don't like. Whether I speak truth or not is of no consequence to them. No matter what the subject, if they don't like what they hear, then they will seek to disqualify through speculation on the author's sexual prowess, his penis size, his socioeconomic status, his religion, or any number of things they'd get angry about if one poked fun at them for the same reasons.

Show me someone who is frustrated by internet anonymity, and I'll show you a wannabe dictator impotently stamping his feet in outrage.

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