Anonymous blogging

A blogger at Obsidian Wings has been outed (i.e., had his real identity revealed).  The NY Times has an interesting collation of pieces on anonymity in response, and Jender had earlier taken the topic on here.  But since it is in the news, I thought it worth quoting a piece from publius, now know to be John Blevins:

I have blogged under a pseudonym largely for private and professional reasons.  Professionally, I’ve heard that pre-tenure blogging (particularly on politics) can cause problems.  And before that, I was a lawyer with real clients.  I also believe that the classroom should be as nonpolitical as possible – and I don’t want conservative students to feel uncomfortable before they take a single class based on my posts.  So I don’t tell them about this blog.  Also, I write and research on telecom policy – and I consider blogging and academic research separate endeavors.  This, frankly, is a hobby.Privately, I don’t write under my own name for family reasons.  I’m from a conservative Southern family – and there are certain family members who I’d prefer not to know about this blog (thanks Ed [Whelan, who did the outing]).  Also, I have family members who are well known in my home state who have had political jobs with Republicans, and I don’t want my posts to jeopardize anything for them (thanks again).

The reasons Jender has given are largely similar, but there are some interesting differences.  The main difference to my mind is that  for women bloggers (and surely some others) there is also a very alarming number of harassments, which we don’t want any of us to go through..

One thought on “Anonymous blogging

  1. Outing bloggers is for trolls.
    It might not be so bad if your name is Peter Moore, Jan de Vries, Jean Martin or Abdul Rahman (yes, yes, all male) but when you have a distinct name, like the outed blogger, it’s just sickening.
    I guess women do get harassed more on line as well as off line. I have first hand experience on the first, a very good reason to be secretive about your details
    I think outing like that might as well be made a felony.

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