If Anonymous Has A blog, Then Who Can Really Be Anonymous?
Apparently, Anonymous has started a blog. This is a statement on par with “Me and my sister are both only children” since the whole point of being an anonymous commenter is that nobody can go over to your blog and harass you. There are bloggers who post anonymously since they fear retribution on their sites, and then there are your average, run-of-the-mill irate readers who just harass you because they lack anything more stimulating to do all day in their cubicle. And of course, there are bitter exes. Larry knows all about those. So this seems an odd paradox to me, an anonymous commenter starting himself his own blog.
Perhaps I should give you some background. Anon1, as he likes to be called, I believe first came to this blog as a result of my infamous Jenn Sterger post. He attacked me for being a loser, he attacked me for being a racist, he attacked me for being a blogger. I think he even told my mom she should have gotten an abortion. And I never edited him. As a result, he has kind of laid off me and focused more on attacking my readers. Not a nice thing to do, but I am never one to edit comments so I just sort of let it go. It got to a point, though, where he was writing more per post than I was. So I gave him a day to vent in the hopes of it curbing the hijacking of my comments box.
It seems to have worked, only now anonymous has decided that he has so much to say, he needs his OWN forum. And so he has. And, surprisingly, it’s not too bad. It basically comprises a lot of his rants against many of you in a simple, easy to read format that you need not scroll through 55 comments to reach. Not only that, but is actually an interesting insight into the mind of someone who likes to harass bloggers all day. I must say that he is dead wrong about not liking ass-play, but then again not everyone can be as fun and open-minded in bed as myself. It’s cool, Anon1, leave the freaks for me. I also especially enjoy his choice of background. Nice to see I’m influencing the young blogging minds already.
But here is the inherent question Anon1 raises by starting his own blog: Is he still Anonymous? I mean, unless you use your real name and post pictures, we are all pretty much anonymous. I agree to meet anyone who wants to, but still I would venture to say that 90% of you have no idea what I look like. And you’re not missing much. But the entire point of anonymous commenting, aside form not having to register with blogger or whoever, is that nobody can trace you. Nobody can contact you, and nobody can read your shit to see if you are even an eighth as talented as the people you are criticizing. So while I applaud Anon1 for taking his vitriol to his own forum, and opening himself up to a much wider array of criticism, I must also say that he really can’t lay claim to the name “Anonymous” anymore. His name now is kind of like KFC or UPS, it may have originally meant something in the beginning, but is now just a label for the product.
Anon1 has been kind enough to invite me over for Thanksgiving, if you can believe that. Between tat and Leo Sterger’s standing invitation for barbecue, I tinhk the lesson we can all learn is that as much as I may piss you off, or you may hate me, everyone loves me in the end. Sometimes it just takes a while.