Friday, March 14, 2014
Mean, Anonymous Posters
"It doesn’t take long to find a cruel, anonymous comment on everything from newspaper to Yelp and Amazon.
“That’s the stupidest book I’ve ever read,” wrote one person while reviewing a novel on Amazon.
Well-known vlogger, ZE Frank, recently taped a YouTube video responding to critics. In it, he says: “For example, some young gentleman said he wanted to punch me in the face because my voice was so annoying.”
A Pew Research study found 25 percent of people admit to posting anonymous comments online. A communications professor at the University of Houston studying the issue found anonymity contributes to less civil discourse. He looked at online comments in newspapers for more than a year and half and found 53 percent of comments were uncivil in papers that allowed anonymity. That percentage dropped to 29 percent when newspapers required names or links to Facebook ."
Anonymous posting has affected agricultural forums, too. But even they are treated like those of us who post our real names and email addresses. Ag forums generally draw good people and agriculture is pretty much the cream of the crop. There are some crackpots in every part of society though, even agriculture. I decided a long time ago, when I first bought into the idea of an Internet that I was going to post my name and address and not be secret.
60 Minutes proved last night you are not secret. Our data trail leads right back to us. About anyone can find about anyone from our past. That has been true forever, if someone wants to find you, they will. It's so much easier today with technology so the gap continues.
Mean, anonymous posters ruins a good thing for me but it truly shows what people are made of.
Like what I type or say or how I live or not, you know what you got.
I've even invited you to our farm and we have guest rooms. We will leave the light on for you.