Why Are You Anonymous?

Why Are You Anonymous?



I am a person who frequently goes Anonymous on GaG. It doesn't matter if the topic is a sensitive, personal, or devisive one, or just simply asking what color people prefer. I have yet to find a real reason to announce to the GaG world my name or to post a bunch of info into my profile for people I literally don't know. Just because you put up a screen name and some information about yourself, doesn't mean its true. I have no way of knowing in the same way you have no way of knowing if my own information would be true including a picture of myself or yourself. Since I don't see the point personally in lying about who I am, I just go Anon. I think people need to understand that it's your personal information, and you have a right to protect it or not expose it if you don't want to. Yes, this is a social media site open to the public, but they have also designed this site to recognize that people have a right to withold this personal information if they so chose from its viewers and commenters.


I do not understand why it is so many people find someone going Anon so hard to handle. Scrolling down the mytake list or the questions lists, you can see the pink or blue silhouettes that let you know, this person is Anon. Why then, if you hate Anon posts, do you go into that post and then rant and rave about how you hate or dislike Anon posts? Am I or others at that point supposed to go, my gosh, I'm so sorry, let me reveal myself and create a profile for you? These same people will then go post a take with a million different quotes and pictures from people they have no idea where they got it from, but in the same breath claim that they cannot comprehend or understand things written by Anonymous individuals.


Going Anon is the choice of the individual just as it is a choice whether you post with your screen name or picture. I think of it this way, if you were given a huge check to say pay off your mortgage, or your student loans, or fund your charity, or to buy something you really wanted, but the check giver was Anon, and only wanted to wish you well, would you reject that money simply because you didn't know who they were? It's the same with advice or takes. Knowing my name or how I look, unless perhaps I'm claiming to be an expert on something, is not going to make my words any more or less true or any more or less helpful than you percieve them to be. If I told you look both ways before you cross the street, is that advice any less helpful becuase you don't know who said it?


So simply put, I've altogether stopped addressing the angry mob set with their rantings and ravings about Anon posts, or their attempts to dismiss a take or question because they find it offessive to be Anon, or the ones screaming that everything I've writen makes no sense and isn't valid in any way because I'm Anon, and just continued to post as is. People will always have something to complain about or be frustrated about for no particular reason. Why should I allow someone else's problem about nothing, become my own.

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